Photo: Belmont High School’s Kevin Bennett at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s gun range at the USA Shooting Rifle and Pistol National Championships.
His fellow Belmont High School students know Kevin Bennett as the tall, affable, nice guy who helped keep score for the volleyball team last fall.
To his competitors on the shooting range in Massachusetts and across the country, the raising senior at BHS is moving closer to being a sure shot for a future national team.
And Bennett moved one big step closer to making his first national team last week at the 2015 USA Shooting Rifle and Pistol National Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia when the 17-year-old captured the bronze medal in the Junior Men’s Rapid Fire pistol, his first national individual medal, while earning a “High in Class” medal in the same event.
What made Bennett’s achievement all the more remarkable is that it was his first ever Rapid Fire match since the event is not offered competitively in Massachusetts.
Tony Chung, of Diamond Bar, California, earned the title in the junior competition – for men under 20 – followed by Glenn Zimmerman of Waterville, Ohio. Unlike the senior divisions, only the first two placements make the national junior team.
Bennett also won a divisional gold medal for High J2 (15-17 age group) in Junior Sport Pistol.
The USA Shooting Rifle and Pistol National Championships is where the national federation selects athletes for competition at World Cup and Olympic shooting events.