WHS junior competes at National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship

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For the second year in a row, Weatherford had a representative in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Weatherford High School junior Minden ‘Mindy’ Miles was the only competitor who made it to the final round of both events she participated in – air rifle and 3-position rifle at the April 9-12 event.

"It’s fun," Mindy said of the championship, which selected only about the top 100 young female shooters in the nation. "Everybody’s trying to do their best and wants each other to do good."

That competitive yet encouraging environment, recognizing fellow competitors and getting to travel to various competitions is her favorite part of competing, Mindy said.

"I’m so happy to be a part of it," Mindy said.

Mindy joined the sport more than three years ago when she got a pump-action air rifle from her father, who is now her coach.

"She’s a hard worker," said Mindy’s father Chip Miles, who enjoys his role as coach, even though sometimes that only means helping carry equipment or getting her to competitions. "Anyone would be happy to coach her."

Mindy and her parents all went to the championship in Colorado in April, arriving early to get acclimated to the area.

After the first rounds – including an air rifle shoot-out between Mindy and one other competitor which she narrowly won – Mindy made it to the final rounds where she shot for the highest scores.

But for the whole championship, Mindy placed 6th in air rifle – which involves firing at a target 10 meters away – and 3rd in 3-position – firing at a target 50 meters away while kneeling, prone and standing.

Chip said she shot almost as well as any of the others in the close competitions.

The first and second place winners of the championship made it onto the Junior Olympic team.

"I really want to make the Junior Olympic team next year," Mindy said.

Chip said he thinks his daughter could make it onto the team with even more practice over the next year.

He also said his daughter’s goal is to one day join a college rifle team at such schools as TCU, West Virginia or other universities with teams.

"I’m really proud of her," Chip said. "She worked really hard."

Mindy currently shoots with the Parker County Sportsman’s Club and at Lonestar.

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