Reno, Nev.- After shooting at the NCAA National Championships, sophomore Dempster Christenson was honored with All-American in both the air rifle and in the small bore. The All-American award is recognized by the National Rifle Association as the pinnacle athletic achievement.
Christenson traveled to Fort Worth, Texas on March 12 and 13, to compete in the 2010 National Championships. This year, Christenson set the Nation's highest score in the air rifle to date against UTEP this season with a shot of 596.
The All-American award was created by the NRA in 1936 to honor top collegiate rifle shooters. According the to NRA website, the award has become an attainable, although elusive, goal for all three disciplines of college shooting sports. The experiences and knowledge gained in pursuing and achieving the prestigious honor remain with the NRA All-American throughout his or her shooting and professional careers.
Head coach Fred Harvey was very pleased with Christenson’s results and receiving the honor or All-American.
“I feel great about Dempster’s All American,” said Harvey. “He has worked for it all year. I was very hopeful that he would be selected.”
The award is created in order to recognize and honor collegians that have performed well throughout the season and have demonstrated leadership and character to the program. Ending the season on a good note, Christenson is expected to do very well coming into his junior year at the University.
“I expect Dempster to be an even better shooter next year,” said Harvey.