Simon Krauthamer was completely shocked when he heard he was the winner of the sporter competition.
Patience and hard work paid off during the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2018 National
Three-Position Air Rifle Championship, as Nation Ford High School from South Carolina finally
earned a win after falling short every year since the competition began back in 2016. The National
event, featuring both sporter and precision junior athletes from around the country, was held
at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, June 21-26.
The team has always performed well at Nationals, earning second place in the CMP event in 2016
and 2017 but unable to reach the top of the podium. The team also found the runner-up position
in the coinciding Junior Olympic National event in 2016, but went on to win the match in 2017.
After landing in second place for years at CMP Nationals, Nation Ford High School finally made
it to the top of the podium.
Members of this year’s winning team, which also won this year’s Junior Olympic event,
were Kayla Kalenza, Deonte Hayes, Sarah Leininger and Nick Noto. The team is coached by Colonel
“As I thought about this year’s National Championships, CMP Nationals and the Junior
Olympic Nationals, I was quite aware of the high level of competition they would draw,”
Colonel Mulcahey said. “I can honestly say that I had no expectation of winning either
competition. I believed our team members followed their shot plan and my advice that they would
perform well. Our team members competed with confidence and displayed mental toughness that allowed
them to stay in control of their rifle and execute their shot plan.”
Moira Antal was the first Paralympic athlete to compete at the CMP National event.
Colonel Mulcahey hasn’t changed his training philosophies or practice schedule for the past
four years – sticking with what works by focusing on competition performance as if it were
just another day on the range.
“If they approach a match as they do practice, the scores, points and titles will take care
of themselves, he said. “What I strive to instill in my team members is to focus on being
deliberate with each shot, follow their shot plan, expect a bad shot and have a plan to deal
with it, and to fight for every shot – don’t give up no matter how poorly their performance
Mulcahey also admits that outside of the team, there are many who have helped them reach their
heights, including the school’s Booster Club and, of course, the many dedicated community