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Auburn native takes first in speed-shooting competition

An Auburn native is one of four members from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Combat Arms Team who won the Scholastic Steel Challenge’s 2011 Fall Collegiate Championship, which is a handgun speed-shooting competition.

Second Class Cadet Jake Naum, 21, competed Nov. 12 in Epping, N.H., along with 14 of his classmates from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. In all, 43 competitors from four different colleges competed during the match.

Naum, along with three other team members from the academy, took first place in the competition.

“When we went up to Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, N.H., we came back winning the Scholastic Steel Challenge trophy for the fall,” said Naum. “It was nice to come back and defend the title after our spring match. We did some training this fall on the range here and worked on target acquisition, speed and accuracy with targets. It was great that we could go up there and put our best foot forward and take the trophy home with us after practicing this and devoting lots of hard work and hours into preparing for the match.”

The Scholastic Steel Challenge is a national team-oriented youth shooting program developed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association and funded in part by a grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The program offers the opportunity to compete as a four-person team for a national title in the action pistol discipline of speed shooting.

“The U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Combat Arms Team put in an outstanding performance at the Collegiate Spring Championship,” said Scott Moore, director of the Scholastic Steel Challenge. “As SSC expands at the collegiate level, the cadets are likely to remain at, or near, the top of each match.”

The academy’s three registered squads placed first, fourth and fifth in the challenge.

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