Army team wins Herrick Trophy Team Match with record scores
Port Clinton, Ohio- The United States Army Marksmanship Unit is now two-for-two in Long Range Rifle Championship team matches. On Sunday, USAMU Praslick won the Roumanian Trophy Team Match and Monday afternoon the team shot their way to the top after an incredible Herrick Trophy Team Match finish. USAMU Praslick shot an amazing National record-setting score of 799-56x, surpassing the old Herrick Trophy Team national record of 799-51x by five X's.
|Herrick Trophy Team Match — Match 522
|| USAMU PRASLICK
|| SOUTHEAST RIFLE CLUB GRAY
|| US RIFLE TEAM-HARDIN
The previous record of 799-51x was set by USAMU Praslick back in 2006, so it is quite obvious the USAMU has always had excellent team results when coached by Emil Praslick. This year's USAMU Praslick team not only broke the National Championship Record, but also broke the open record and service record.
USAMU Praslick team consisted of SGT Sherri Gallagher (199-15x), SSG Tyrel Cooper (200-12x), SSG Brandon Green (200-14X), SSG Shane Barnhart (200-15x), team captain SGT Matthew Rawlings. Praslick was extremely proud of his team and he revealed: "it was a pretty good performance. The conditions were there and that's why there were so many high scores."
Praslick not only recognized the tremendous success of his team, but he also mentioned a different team record that was set yesterday by civilian team Southeast Rifle Club Gray. Jon Howell, John Whidden, Tom Guercio, William Walter and team captain and coach Lt. Carl Kovalchik, all pictured above, made up this year's team. Southeast Rifle Club Gray was fairly close behind USAMU Praslick with a 798-51x, a score described by Praslick as "incredible."
Although Southease Rifle Club Gray's score was not enough to win the Herrick Trophy Team Match, their numbers did break the civilian team record. Coach Lt. Carl Kovalchik laughed, "we've set two national records in the past two days, and didn't win either match."
Congratulations goes to the USAMU for not only winning the Herrick Trophy Team match, but setting a new record that may take a few years to break. Although, we have an idea that the team who ends up of breaking this record will have the same name as the team who set it.