By Michael MolinaroJune 25, 2009
FORT BENNING, Ga. (June 23, 2009) - Soldiers with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit won six gold medals along with several silver and bronze during the week-long U.S. Shooting National Rifle and Pistol Championships June 13-20.
International Pistol team member Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski took home two golds, winning the 10m Air Pistol event with a score of 1248.1 and the 50m Free Pistol event with a score of 1194.3.
Szarenski's teammate, Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Rose, compiled more hardware for his trophy case. Rose won the gold medal in the 25m center fire event with a score of 1170 and gold at the 25m standard fire event with a score of 1129. Rose finished behind Szarenski in the Men's 10m Air Pistol to add a silver medal to his collection.
The AMU's International Rifle Team dominated the competition. In the Men's 50m three-position event, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker won first place with a score of 2440.2. He was followed by teammates Sgt. Michael McPhail and his score of 2423.8, and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft with a score of 2416.5.
The same three Soldiers swept the field again in the Men's 50m prone. McPhail won top honors this time, scoring 1298.5 to earn himself a gold medal. Uptagrafft was next with a score of 1295.2, finishing ahead of Parker by .1, who got the bronze with his score of 1295.1.
International Pistol teammates Spc. Brad Balsley and Pfc. Sean Ragay both collected multiple medals at the Nationals. In the Men's 25m Rapid Fire event, Balsley took the silver with a score of 1338.4 while Ragay won the bronze after a score of 1315.6. Balsley hung on for the silver in the Men's 25m Standard fire, with his score of 1128 just besting Ragay's score of 1124. Ragay added another bronze after finishing third in the Men's 25m center fire event and a score of 1164.
Three more AMU Soldiers were awarded silver medals for their efforts this past week: Staff Sgt. Kelly Dove scored an 1180 in the Women's 50m prone; Staff Sgt. James Henderson scored an 1193.4 50m free pistol; and Staff Sgt. John Ennis fired an 1165 in the Men's 25m center fire.
With the successful month of June coming to a close, Soldiers are now preparing to continue their winning ways as a multitude of National and International championships await them in July and August.
(Michael Molinaro serves as the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit public affairs officer.)