Rifle Signs Four Student-Athletes
Nov. 22, 2017
FORT WORTH – TCU women’s rifle head coach Karen Monez signed four student-athletes who will join the squad as freshmen for the 2018-19 campaign. All four members of the signing class hail from the state of Texas.
“We are very excited to have this group of Texas talent join the Horned Frog family,” raved Monez. “They are smart, talented and will each add so much to our program. They all have the ability to impact the team immediately.”
Making their way to campus will be Noelle Christensen (Fredericksburg), Abby Gordon (Granbury), Kristen Hemphill (Lohn) and Angeline Henry (Fort Worth).
“I’m looking forward to next year to watch the transition of this team and follow the progression of the new team members,” said Monez.
Christensen has put together a solid 2017 campaign on the range. She turned in a third-place finish in smallbore at the J2 National Junior Olympics in addition to a J2 second place finish at the USA Shooting National Championships in Fort Benning, Georgia. In air rifle, she was just as successful with a first-place finish in the J2 category at the Texas Junior Olympic qualifier. A qualifier for the American Legion National Championships, she was also named a CMP Distinguished Shooter and was a member of the team that took home first place honors at the CMP 3-Position National Championships in Layton, Utah.
Gordon has been a star on the range since 2015 when she won the Bordelon’s Texas State Championship. She is also a four-time Junior Olympic Rifle Championship qualifier. At the 2017 American Legion National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Gordon was crowned National Champion in the first round. Her shooting resume includes numerous competitions at the state and national level, placing in the top 10 on multiple occasions. She also has received the Distinguished Excellence in Air Rifle award.
Hemphill has been a force on the range for the last two years taking home back-to-back Texas 4-H Smallbore State Championships. At the 4-H National Championships in Layton, Utah, Hemphill was crowned the 2016 National 4-H Individual Smallbore Champion. She also joined Christensen on the team that was crowned 4-H National Champions. In 2017, she added another national title to her resume at the National Indoor 3-Position Air Rifle Championships. At the Texas Junior Olympic Championships, Hemphill earned titles in precision air rifle (2016, 2017), smallbore (2016) and 3-position air rifle (2017) as well as receiving invitations to compete at the 2016 and 2017 National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs. Kristen currently holds the Civilian Marksmanship Program national standing record with a perfect score of 200.
Henry started mining her craft at the age of eight and won her first state title at the age of 12. She is a four-time Eley High School All-American and a four-time qualifier for the National Junior Olympics where she took home a third-place finish (2014) a fourth-place finish (2016) and a first-place finish (2017). Henry's State Champion titles include three earned in 2014 and three earned in 2017. Her shooting resume also includes three National Champion titles in the J2 and J3 categories earned at the USA Shooting National Championships in Fort Benning, Georgia.
All four recently took part in the Horned Frog Invitational hosted at the TCU Rifle Range. Henry won the air rifle event, shooting a 597, and finished second in smallbore (578). Hemphill took home top spot in smallbore (583) and finished second in air rifle (589). Christensen placed third in smallbore, while Gordon turned in a fifth-place finish in air rifle.
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