UTM RIFLE'S DACOTAH FAUGHT WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP; WILL REPRESENT USA AT UPCOMING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 27, 2014
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MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin rifle shooter Dacotah Faught has earned a spot on Team USA at the upcoming World Championships after winning the national championship in women’s air rifle at the USA Shooting National Championships held in Fort Benning, Ga.
The national championships is part two of an intensive qualification process that began for junior competitors during the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) back in April. The top three junior team members were identified following a selection process that included two qualifiers and a final at the NJOSC and another two qualifiers and two finals at this week’s national championships.
Faught won the Open title in junior women’s air rifle with 832 points and also won the junior silver medal. She will be joined by junior national champion Sonya May (rising sophomore at University of Kentucky) and Minden Miles (incoming freshman at Texas Christian University) on the Team USA roster at the Junior World Championships held in Granada, Spain this September.
“I am extremely proud of Dacotah,” UT Martin head rifle coach Bob Beard said. “She has achieved immense accomplishments in the very short period of time since she has joined the program.”
This accomplishment wraps up a remarkable year for Faught. The Amenia, ND native became the fourth Skyhawk shooter to bring home Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year accolades while also garnering All-OVC smallbore first team, All-Newcomer smallbore, All-OVC air rifle second team and All-Newcomer air rifle honors.
Faught was one of two female shooters to represent UT Martin at the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships. She fired the second-highest score out of all 46 shooters in the first air rifle relay, which earned her a spot in the finals. She would eventually finish eighth nationally in the event.