Moffat shooters shine at state

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The young shooters in the Moffat County 4-H program continue to prove they are some of the best in the state last weekend at the Colorado State Fair.

"We had the best junior team in the state without a doubt," coach Jody Lee said. "It was great to watch because they shot a lot of personal bests."

The shooters qualified for the state shoot during the county shoot in August. The top four shooters at the county competition qualified to represent Moffat County at state.

"There are no divisions so we shoot against much larger 4-H groups," Lee said.

In the .22-caliber class there were three disciplines -- the hunting class, four-position target and three-position international. There was separate qualifying for each discipline.

The junior class is for shooters ages 8 to 12 and the senior class is for shooters 13 to 18.

Moffat County's junior hunting shooters were Wes Chapman, Miranda Blomquist, Mark Tuck and Curtis Tuck. Curtis turned in the best score of all shooters to win the state individual title. With the help of a 10th-place finish from Tuck, the team had the best score in the state as well.

The three-position team of Jessi Mosher, Mark Tuck, Blomquist and Wes Chapman also brought home a state title. They had four top-10 finishes. Tuck was fourth, Blomquist was fifth, Chapman was seventh and Mosher was 10th. Additionally, Austin Lee, who was competing unattached finished in ninth.

The four-position team included the same members as the three-position team. The team finished second in the state with third-place and seventh-place finishes by Tuck and Blomquist respectively.

The senior three-position team of Kody Fox, Austin Blomquist, Derek Wellshire and Lindsey Yoast earned a third-place finish. Top shooters were Blomquist, who finished ninth, and Wellshire, who was 10th.

Blomquist was seventh as an individual in the hunting discipline.

"This was our final event for the summer and it was a nice way to finish," coach Lee said. "We peaked at the perfect time."

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