Krupp leads rifle team to gold medal at first competition
April 27, 2018 | Butner, N.C.
Members of Liberty University's shooting team entered in the first rifle event in team history, the Civilian Marksmanship Program Eastern Games on April 27, held on the 1,000-yard rifle range at the North Carolina National Guard camp in Butner, N.C.
Competing in the M-16 Excellence-in-Competition (EIC) match, Lady Flames sophomore rifle team co-captain Susie Krupp brought home the High Competitor award and plaque. She earned a gold medal and four introductory EIC points, which count toward the prestigious Distinguished Rifleman Award.
In the morning, team members attended a small arms firing school hosted the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) and the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to promote rifle marksmanship, particularly among youth and young adults.
The Flames and Lady Flames received instruction from AMU members including Sgt. Brandon Green, who has won several national championships in the discipline, before using match-ready AR-15 rifles and ammunition provided by the CMP in the afternoon competition. The Eastern Games are the regional version of the U.S. National Matches.
"It was a great experience," Liberty senior and rifle team co-captain Regan Holley said. "My favorite part was the opportunity to talk to and learn from more experienced shooters."
Contestants fired from the 200-yard line using iron sights, advancing through four stages. They took 10 shots in 10 minutes from a prone position followed by 10 rapid-fire prone shots in 60 seconds. After a magazine change following the first two rounds they took 10 rapid-fire shots in 60 seconds in a seated position and 10 shots single-loaded in the standing position.
|Sophomore Susie Krupp scored 382 out of 400 points to win the High Competitor award and a gold medal.|
Krupp scored an impressive 382 points out of a possible 400 (100 points for each stage), firing a 99 in Slow Prone, 97 in Rapid Prone; 99 in Rapid Seated; and a 92 in Standing.
"I'm very thankful for the opportunity that President (Jerry) Falwell and Head Coach (Dave) Hartman have made available to the rifle team to compete in this event and gain experience," Krupp said. "It was a fantastic day, and I am proud of my teammates for their effort and how they carried themselves."
State-of-the-art electronic targets equipped with internal microphones to triangulate the shot locations, provided immediate results with computer software instantly calculating shot placement and scores.
AMU members provided coaching up and down the firing line, contributing to the team's success.
Hartman expects the rifle team to represent Liberty in extraordinary fashion wherever they compete. Liberty recently opened new rifle and pistol ranges to complement the shotgun range at the Liberty Mountain Gun Club.
"The CMP provided one of the best-run events I have had the pleasure to attend," Hartman said. "Our student-athletes were phenomenal representatives for Club Sports, the University, and for our Lord Jesus Christ. We look forward to more competitions, in which our team will be a force to be reckoned with."