Mesquite Shooters Go For The Gold

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The Mesquite Shooters have skills few may want to mess with, especially when you find that most of them over the age of 50 win medals in competitions that involve firearms and some of them haven’t been shooting for as long as you might think.

Mesquite Senior Games first time competitor, Bruce Landvik, shoots for the gold in the 2015 competition.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mesquite Senior Games first time competitor, Bruce Landvik, shoots for the gold in the 2015 competition. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

One perfect example of how far the Mesquite shooters have come in little time is first time competitor and two- time Gold Medal winner Bruce Landvik.

After only have been involved with shooting guns for about 6 months, Landvik joined the Mesquite Senior Games last year as a Range Safety Officer, he thought he was too young to actually compete in last year’s Senior Games and only found out after the registration deadline that he was indeed eligible.

Landvik didn’t let that stop him, he did his job, made sure everyone followed the rules and had a great time at last year’s competition and he pressed on with his new found hobby of shooting and even expanded his horizons to include shooting sporting clays.

Landvik’s dedication to the sport paid off in this year’s Mesquite Senior Games when he took home gold medals in both the center fire and rim fire categories.

Also taking home several medals from this year’s Senior Games were 4 members of the Women’s Defensive Weaponry Club with Sallie Henrie taking home the gold.  Instructor Lance Barr was right there to give moral support and cheer for the winners.

From left to right, Marty Lynch, Debbie Andrews, Coach Lance Barr, Sallie Henrie and Shirlie Kitzmiller feel ecstatic about their fellow club members winning medals at the 2015 Mesquite Senior Games Pistol Shoot.  Photo submitted.

From left to right, Marty Lynch, Debbie Andrews, Coach Lance Barr, Sallie Henrie and Shirlie Kitzmiller feel ecstatic about their fellow club members winning medals at the 2015 Mesquite Senior Games Pistol Shoot. Photo submitted.

Women seemed empowered in this year’s competition when Mary Ellen Anderson, Vicki Jenks and Noretta Huddleston also took home gold medals.   Pistol-Packin’  Huddleson is still the oldest competing woman in the Mesquite Senior Games at the ripe old age of 79 but silver medalist Connie Christensen isn’t far behind her in either age or score.

The Top Gun Awards went to the “young guns” with Sallie Henrie (324) and William Corputz (352) both coming from the “60 something” categories.

Here are the final and full results for the 2015 Mesquite Senior Games Pistol Shoot:

2015 MESQUITE SENIOR GAMES TARGET PISTOL SHOOT
DIVISION     RIMFIRE      MEDAL         CENTERFIRE         MEDAL         FIRST/ LAST
F60-64             319                           GOLD                          DNS                                                   CHERYL SMITH
F60-64             255                          SILVER                      177                              GOLD           MARY ELLEN ANDERSON
F60-64             248                          BRONZE                    DNS                                                   MARTY LYNCH
F60-64             231                                                                  DNS                                                   DEBRA ANDREWS
F60-64             112                                                                  103                              SILVER       ROBERTA ROYAL
F65-69             324                         GOLD                             217                              GOLD            SALLY HENRIE
F65-69             166                           SILVER                                                                                    TERRY KILBURN
F65-69             DNS                                                                                                                              MARDEE HARPER
F70-74             322                           GOLD                         307                              GOLD             VICKI  JENKS
F70-74             267                      SILVER                           166                              SILVER          JUDY MARASCO
F75-79             309                        GOLD                              104                             SILVER       CONNIE CHRISTIANSEN
F75-79             296                       SILVER                                                                                        DIANE HASLETT
F75-79             225                     BRONZE                      230                                  GOLD           NORETTA HUDDLESTON
F75-79             210                                                                                                                                SHIRLIE KITZMILLER
M50-54           339                      GOLD                         294                              GOLD             BRUCE LANDVIK
M55-59           350                      GOLD                         341                              GOLD             MICHAEL MORGAN
M55-59           323                    SILVER                      255                                                     KEN VAUGHN
M55-59           318                    BRONZE                    286                              BRONZE        KELLY COOK
M55-59           315                                                          262                                                     CHIP VAN BUSKIRK
M55-59                                                                             290                              SILVER          JEFFERY CHRISTENSEN
M60-64           352                    GOLD                         341                              SILVER          WILLIAM CORPUZ
M60-64           340                  SILVER                      343                              GOLD             CHUCK BARTOLINI
M60-64           266                  BRONZE                    293                              BRONZE        BOBBY COX
M60-64           255                                                          240                                                     HERBERT ROYAL
M65-69           322                      GOLD                         175                                                     CLAIR CHRISTENSEN
M65-69           321                     SILVER                      289                              BRONZE        TOM SPENCER
M65-69           314                    BRONZE                    280                                                     PINK  PINCKERT
M65-69           279                                                           306                              GOLD             JOHN  BLASKO
M65-69           263                                                           295                              SILVER          EDWARD CARNEY
M65-69           DNS                                                                                                                        MIKE  HUGHES
M70-74           339                     GOLD                         346                              GOLD             STEVE ANDERSON
M70-74           331                   SILVER                      326                              SILVER          ARTHUR CHESHIRE
M70-74           326                  BRONZE                    323                              BRONZE        LARRY MIRANDA
M70-74           321                                                         314                                                     JOHN NETTLE
M70-74           284                                                        262                                                     KARL GUSTAVESON
M70-74           261                                                        293                                                     HENRY HARPER
M70-74           245                                                                                                                       JIM LYNCH
M70-74           243                                                                                                                      RAY NAVAS
M70-74           213                                                         185                                                     ROBERT PISTNER
M75-79           326                     GOLD                         211                                                     TOM OLIVER
M75-79           320                  SILVER                      254                              SILVER          GEORGE  GAULT
M75-79           291                  BRONZE                    213                              BRONZE        BILL OCONNELL
M75-79           288                                                         197                                                     BOB GYLE
M75-79                                                                           256                              GOLD             DICKIE GETZ
M80-84           279                  GOLD                         195                              BRONZE        FRANK HAMBLY
M80-84           253                 SILVER                      250                              GOLD             BOOTS NELSON
M80-84                                                                           166                                                     FRED JULIANO
M80-84           162                  BRONZE                    212                              SILVER          WILLIAM BOYD
M80-84           DNS                                                                                                                       JOHN MARTIN
M90-94                                                                            209                              GOLD             RICHARD BOWERS

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