Members of the Alma High School Junior NROTC placed in the top three in a statewide air rifle championship held March 11 in North Little Rock.

Jacob Snell with the Alma Junior NROTC placed third in prone position in the “sporter” division of the 2017 Arkansas American Legion Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifle Championship.

Alma’s team won second place overall in the sporter division.

Snell and his team competed against 80 sporter and eight precision shooters from across the state at the air rifle championship, held at Fisher National Guard Armory at 2600 Poplar Street in North Little Rock.

As part of the American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program, the tournament provides competitors an opportunity to test their marksmanship skills ability in competition with other junior competitors throughout the nation.

State and/or regional champions advance to a qualification round called to determine which athletes will earn expense-paid trips to compete in the national championship.

The national championship is a shoulder-to-shoulder match held each August at the USA Shooting range at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

Students enrolled in elementary, middle or high school or an equivalent educational program are eligible with legion sponsorship to participate in the program, which provides gun safety education and marksmanship training.

Junior Shooting Sports is a three part program that combines a basic marksmanship course, qualification awards and air rifle competition. Shooters use the .177 caliber air rifle.

According to an Arkansas American Legion media release, three-position sporter and precision air rifle shooting represents the fastest-growing and largest segment of youth sport shooting events in the U.S. today.