Mackenzie Bragg, 14,(left) took the national title in the Ladies .22 Rifle Optics category and finished fourth in Ladies .22 Pistol Optics. Meanwhile, Zoey Bragg, 11, (right) received the national champion titles for both .22 Pistol and .22 Rifle categories in the 12-years-old and younger age group. Photo provided
By The Paper staff
Two Wabash youth were among the champions at the 2017 US Steel Challenge Nationals.
The event was at the South River Gun Club in Covington, Ga., March 29- April 1. With 471 entries ranging in age from 7- 70's, ladies’ accounted for 53 in all age categories.
The two local youth, Mackenzie Bragg and Zoey Bragg, brought home a total of three national and two additional wins.
Mackenzie, 14, competed in the Ladies category with a .22 rifle, .22 pistol, and competed in the single stack division. She took the National title in Ladies .22 rifle optics, finished fourth in Lady .22 pistol optics and finished seventh out of 14 in the Single Stack division with her 9mm coming in second in her class.
Zoey, 11, competed against 19 other preteen entries. She finished as the National Champion in both .22 pistol and rifle, her best times ever. With one more year in the 12 & under section, Zoey plans to defend her title next year.
Steel challenge is eight stages of a series of five steel plates ranging from 10-inch round plates to 24-by-18-inch and range from seven to 35 yards at different spreads.
Participants shoot five strings and keep the four best times. The .22s and rifles start from the low ready and center fire starts in a holster. The timer beeps and participants shoot four plates and then finish on a fifth stop plate. Some strings can be as fast as 1.5 seconds to hit all five targets.
The Bragg Girls, as they are affectionately known, train under their coach and father Eric Bragg and are members of the Wabash Wildlife & Sportsman Club.