So this past weekend, Valerie hosted the GARC Championship for the fourth year in a row. It’s almost becoming a regular thing. I’m sure that all the kids are tired of coming to Ole Miss, but they do have a great facility for shooting here, and it keeps getting better and better every year. This year, the entire competition was shot on Electronic Targets.
On another note, this year was the first year that I did not have to be there in any official capacity. Since Valerie has switched to Electronic Targets, it has rendered the program that I wrote for her to display all the scores and automatically figure out the placings etc. has officially become obsolete.
That’s a good thing in my book. Now I won’t be inundated with the request at 3:00 the afternoon before that they changed the tie breaker rules and I need to recode my SQL query that figures out who won based on the new tiebreaker. It’s not like I didn’t enjoy providing that for her, but to be honest, they could have been a little bit more forward and open on things like the changes, rather than waiting for me to set it up and seeing that something doesn’t work like they thought and then realizing that they made rules changes. Obviously, this is now a concern for the dudes that wrote the software for the electronic targets. Good luck with that!
Actually, it turns out she did use my database and viewer. But really, only for the standings, and to generate the final results PDF’s. Perhaps I’m not as obsolete as I think I am…
Anyway, as far as the results, you can head over to GarcRifle.com for the scoop, but to pull out Ole Miss in Context:
- Team Smallbore: 5th (Army Finished 1st)
- Team Air: 5th (West Virginia Finished 1st)
- Team Overall: 5th (Army Finished 1st)
It wasn’t a great meet. I suppose it’s been a fairly down year as well. But she looks poised to bounce back. On a high note. Shannon Wilson (One of Valerie’s two Seniors) did win the Individual Smallbore Championship this past weekend. So Congratulations to Val and Her for that accomplishment. Chris Abalo from the U.S. Military Academy finished 1st in Air Rifle and the Overall Combined Categories. Wilson finished fourth in combined.
On a side note. This is the second time I’ve seen those electronic targets in action. Those things are just too cool. They make shooting actually a pretty decent spectator sport during the finals.