Samantha Miller inked a national letter of intent to attend school and compete with the UTEP rifle team beginning with the 2017-18 season, head coach Hannah Muegge revealed Monday.
Miller is the second individual for the 2017 signing class, joining Jessica Boyce.
“As we continue to build our roster for the 2017-18 season, Samantha Miller brings both a good attitude and a high level of motivation to the table,” Muegge said. “She has some great expectations set coming into the program and will help push us to achieve our team goals both on and off the range.”
Miller, understandably so, is thrilled with the chance to become a Miner.
“Being a Miner to me means that I get to continue on in a sport I love and have a passion for,” Miller said. “The best part is I will be with a shooting team that will become family. I will have support behind me all the time, as I will support them. I will have a coach who is there for me to help me with my problems while getting an education for something later in life. I can’t wait to join the Miner family.”
Below is a brief bio on Miller
Samantha Miller competes with the Los Alamos High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC)
… garnered the “Distinguished Shooter Badge” in 2016
… part of the Navy National Championship team in both 2015 and 2016
… secured the 2016 overall individual Navy Precision Champion while grabbing runner-up honors in 2017
… took home the 2017 New Mexico overall Precision Champion and the 2016 New Mexico 5A Precision Champion
… qualified for the Junior Olympics in air rifle in 2015, 2016 and 2017 while also doing so for smallbore in 2017
… at the 2017 event she finished 44th in a field of nearly 200 in air rifle while placing 51st in smallbore
… also qualified for American Legion in 2017 … has been shooting for five years
… fell in love with the sport while shooting on the range with her older brother during his senior year of high school
… plans to major in nursing at UTEP … on track to graduate from Los Alamos HS in June.