Officials hope to get final shooting relays in before dark, avoid protests
Bristol, Indiana - After a morning that offered nothing but sunny skies and a cool summer breeze, the heavens above the Wa Ke De' Rifle Range opened with a thunderous roar. Rain falling like splashing hammers from the sky, officials quickly called an end to the second Metric relay after two of the six scheduled rounds.
"An order to evacuate the range was given after the first lightning strike," explained Match Director Howard Moody. "The first and foremost concern of our championship is the safety of our shooters. We will continue if and when conditions improve."
Delayed and deluged by the storm, competitors took the opportunity to relax and replenish.
"Because of all the heavy equipment, you have to keep hydrated out here," said Katie from Texas. "If you're not careful, the vision is the first thing to go."
Scores from the first relay were posted almost as soon as the evacuation was called. Coaches and competitors alike gathered round the bulletin board to gauge their progress to date. Some more excited than others.
"Considering the conditions out there, I think I need to be somewhere in the (11)50s," said George Norton of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. "That should put me in a good spot for a final push tomorrow."
With only relay one in the record books, here are the preliminary standings of the day.
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