Burleson had a strong junior season, earning All-American accolades in both disciplines, becoming just the 11th shooter in school history to accomplish that feat ... finished third at the NCAA Championships in smallbore to earn first-team accolades ... averaged 578.6 in smallbore, the fourth-highest mark in school history under the new format ... included in the total was a then-NCAA-record 592 against John Jay on Nov. 22 ... was named to the honorable mention squad in air rifle after averaging 583.5 in 13 competitions ... totaled a career-best 591 at the President's Trophy in early November ... also named first-team all-MAC in both smallbore and air rifle, averaging a league-best score in air rifle.
As a Sophomore
Burleson had an outstanding sophomore season, finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships in air rifle and garnering second-team All-America honors in smallbore ... recorded career highs in smallbore (586) and air rifle (590) on the samd day (Oct. 12, 2008) ... was first-team All-MAC in both air rifle and smallbore ... was over 575 in smallbore eight different times, including a 582 against Army to earn medalist honors ... was under 580 just three times in air rifle and shot 588 or higher four times, including at the NCAA Championships.
As a Freshman
Burleson had a strong freshman campaign, capturing the MAC air rifle title and earning first-team all-MAC smallbore accolades ... fired a career-best 586 in air rifle to win top honors at the MAC Championships ... his smallbore average of 568.3 was tied for the second best on the team and his 579.5 air rifle average was sixth best ... shot over 575 three times in smallbore, including a career-best 580 against the University of the Sciences (1-26-08) ... all four of his air rifle scores were at least 576.
A three-time letterwinner in rifle at Eagle's Landing High School, Burleson graduated in 2007 ... was an all-area selection and a team captain ... also competed in baseball, wrestling and cross country at Eagle's Landing ... was a 2005 Honor Grad at the Area 12 Leadership Academy, a member of Boy Scouts, Boys State, Beta Club, NJROTC and won the 2007 Military Officers Association Award ... full name is Christopher Lee Burleson ... son of Mark and Cindy Burleson ... born Dec. 17, 1988, in Birmingham, Ala. ... majoring in quantitative economics.
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