St. Thomas Academy Rifle Team advances to regional finals

The St. Thomas Academy rifle team consisting of Seth Olson ’18 of Eden Prairie, Riley Miller ’18 of Farmington, Jack Kotok ’18 of Eden Prairie, and Kaleb Rutgers ’19 of Mendota Heights recently won the state championship in the Civilian Marksmanship Program. With the win, the team advances to the CMP regional championship to be held April 12 through 14 at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Additionally, Olson shot his second-highest-career score – 553 out of a possible 600 in the 3x20 competition. In the sporter category, he placed first overall and first in his age class.

Placing third in the state competition was the second Cadets’ rifle team of Peter Corniea ‘19 of Edina, Jackson Marquardt ‘19 of Eagan, Max Ilinykh ‘20 of Oakdale, and Michael Driscoll ‘21 of Chaska.

Later this month, the team will compete against the top teams in the country when it represents Minnesota at the 2018 U.S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle National Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia.

St. Thomas Academy is coached by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Preblich.

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