Dobson ’23, Dufour ’23, and Gray-Barth ’24 Earn CRCA Scholastic All-American Nods

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The Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association 2023–24 Scholastic All-Americans included three VMI Keydets—Kolton Dobson ’23, Cassidy Dufour ’23, and Maxine Gray-Barth ’24.—Photo courtesy VMI Athletics.

The Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association announced the 2023–24 Scholastic All-Americans, with three VMI Keydets earning the honor—Kolton Dobson ’23, Cassidy Dufour ’23, and Maxine Gray-Barth ’24.

To be eligible for All-American status, the student-athlete must hold a 3.2 GPA for the full academic year.

Dobson was a reliable shooter in his senior year, competing in the smallbore all season while firing the air rifle in competition eight times. Dobson’s aggregate score of 1123 helped VMI top Wofford Nov. 12, before the King George, Virginia, native fired a season-high 1144 in a victory at Wofford just a few weeks later. The 1144 was boosted by a career-best 581 in the air rifle. Dobson graduated in May with a degree in English.

No stranger to academic excellence, Dufour graduated from the Institute in May with a degree in international studies. Serving as a team captain and de facto assistant coach, Dufour earned The Frank Summers Team Leadership Award. Competing mainly in the air rifle, Dufour shot smallbore three times, including a 543 in a team win over Wofford. Dufour was especially sharp in the air rifle, shooting 575 or better six times, including a season-best 581 against The Citadel and a 580 against North Carolina State.

A junior from Boca Raton, Florida, Gray-Barth competed eight times this past season for the Keydets. Gray-Barth, who is studying economics and business, recorded a 580 in the air rifle against highly touted North Georgia. Gray-Barth would surpass that mark later in the season when she shot a 584 Jan. 21 before closing the season with her highest aggregate of the year, posting a 1136 at the SoCon Championships.

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