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UTEP Rifle Adds To Signing Class With Prep Standout Samantha Miller

UTEP Rifle Adds To Signing Class With Prep Standout Samantha Miller

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Samantha Miller inked a national letter of intent to attend school and compete with the UTEP rifle team beginning with the 2017-18 season, head coach Hannah Muegge revealed Mandag.

Miller is the second individual for the 2017 signing class, joining Jessica Boyce.

“As we continue to build our roster for the 2017-18 season, Samantha Miller brings both a good attitude and a high level of motivation to the table,” Muegge said. “She has some great expectations set coming into the program and will help push us to achieve our team goals both on and off the range.”

Miller, understandably so, is thrilled with the chance to become a Miner.

“Being a Miner to me means that I get to continue on in a sport I love and have a passion for,” Miller said. “The best part is I will be with a shooting team that will become family. I will have support behind me all the time, as I will support them. I will have a coach who is there for me to help me with my problems while getting an education for something later in life. I can’t wait to join the Miner family.”

Below is a brief bio on Miller

Samantha Miller competes with the Los Alamos High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC)

… garnered the “Distinguished Shooter Badge” in 2016

… part of the Navy National Championship team in both 2015 and 2016

… secured the 2016 overall individual Navy Precision Champion while grabbing runner-up honors in 2017

… took home the 2017 New Mexico overall Precision Champion and the 2016 New Mexico 5A Precision Champion

… qualified for the Junior Olympics in air rifle in 2015, 2016 and 2017 while also doing so for smallbore in 2017

… at the 2017 event she finished 44th in a field of nearly 200 in air rifle while placing 51st in smallbore

… also qualified for American Legion in 2017 … has been shooting for five years

… fell in love with the sport while shooting on the range with her older brother during his senior year of high school

… plans to major in nursing at UTEP … on track to graduate from Los Alamos HS in June.

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UTEP Rifle får erfaring ved 2017 USA Shooting National Junior Olympics

UTEP Rifle får erfaring ved 2017 USA Shooting National Junior Olympics

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – UTEP rifle team members Abby Monique (smallbore and air rifle) Mara Rouse, Maranda Nelson and Bailey Powell (air rifle only) recently had an amazing opportunity for growth by being invited to compete at the 2017 USA Shooting National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Miners interacted with and shared the range with some of the best shooters in the sport, including 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s Air Rifle gold medalist Ginny Thrasher.

It marked the first such trip to the event for Rouse while Monique and Powell made their third and Nelson her fourth. The Miners performed admirably, placing three individuals among the top 75 (in a field of nearly 200) in the 10m air rifle.

In order to attend the Junior Olympics, athletes who are under the age of 20 (junior-aged athletes), must compete in a state junior Olympic Shooting championship match and receive an invitation to compete by meeting either an automatic score or win the athlete’s respective state title.

“It was very exciting to have all four of our junior aged athletes qualify and compete at the Junior Olympic Shooting Championships representing UTEP,” UTEP head coach Hannah Muegge said. “I’d like to thank our UTEP parents who came out and supported all of our athletes, in addition to those back home who followed along online. In the collegiate category, we definitely had one of the largest showings at this match. I could not ask for a better support system.”

Powell was exceptional, finishing in 14th place (out of a field of 180) in the 10m air rifle. She was particularly strong on the first day of action with her score (413) placing her eighth heading to the second day.

Monique represented the Orange and Blue in the smallbore. She recorded a score of 1120 to land in the upper-echelon of the field with a 31st-place finish. She also joined Powell in the 10m air rifle, tallying a total score of 804.8 to take 68th place.

Rouse, competing in the 10m air rifle, shot 401.3 in the first day before improving to 402.1 on day two. The total of 803.4 was good enough for 74th.

Nelson was saddled with a rifle malfunction on the first day and had to borrow an air rifle for the second day. Despite the challenges she held her head up high.

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