A two-time NRA All-American, Amanda Trujillo (pronounced Tru-HEE-yo) will again be one of the Huskers? top shooters. After claiming second-team All-America honors as a freshman, Trujillo garnered first-team air rifle honors following an impressive performance at the NCAA Championships.
Last season Trujillo finished in the top 10 in air rifle in every meet, capturing four individual titles, including three consecutive titles in early November.
?She is tenacious about both competition and practice, and I expect her to lead the team this year,? Coach Karen Anthony said.
The Huskers most consistent performer during the 2000-01 season, Trujillo narrowly missed out on becoming Nebraska?s second NCAA champion, when she lost a tiebreaker to Alaska-Fairbanks? Matt Emmons. Both athletes fired a 392 in the individual air rifle competition, but Emmons hit 30 inner 10s to Trujillo?s 27.
Trujillo earned first-team All-America honors in air rifle and was named to the second team in smallbore for the second consecutive year.
She increased her average score in the air rifle by five points to 391, which led all Husker shooters. She failed to break 390 only twice, recording a 388 against the Virginia Military Academy in the second match of the season, and shooting a 389 against Wyoming in the Huskers? only home match in early December. Trujillo shined at the qualifying match, firing a career-high 394. Her score ranked second in the nation, behind only Xavier?s Thrine Kane, who fired a 395.
Trujillo was also strong with the smallbore rifle, recording a career-high 1,173 at home against Wyoming to tie for the individual title with teammate Nicole Allaire. She finished in the top three overall in eight regular-season meets.
Match Air Rifle Smallbore Aggregate
at Great Eight 390 1,162 1,552
at VMI 388 1,158 1,546
at Jacksonville State 392 1,159 1,551
vs. TTU, JSU 391 1,150 1,541
vs. Kentucky, Air Force 393 1,165 1,558
at Walsh Invitational 391 1,154 1,545
vs. Wyoming 389 1,173 1,562
vs. Alaska-Fairbanks 393 1,162 1,555
at UTEP Invite 391 1,162 1,553
at Roger Withrow 391 1,161 1,552
at NCAA Qualifier 394 1,145 1,539
at NCAA Individual 392 --- ---
at NCAA Championships 393 1,144 1,537
Match Average 391 1,158 1,549
A solid competitor, Trujillo was consistently one of the top shooters on the team. Her average score of 386 in air rifle and 1,154 in smallbore ranked second on the team. Trujillo recorded season highs in air rifle (391) and smallbore (1,169) at the Walsh Invitational on Nov. 5. Before helping the Huskers to a third-place finish in the team competition at the NCAA Championships, Trujillo fired a 1,163 in the individual smallbore match to finish seventh overall.
Her consistency did not go unnoticed on the national scene. Trujillo was one of only two Huskers to receive postseason honors when she was recognized by the National Rifle Association as a Second-Team All-American in both air and smallbore rifles.
Match Air Rifle Smallbore Aggregate
vs. Army, Norwich 380 1,168 1,548
vs. King?s College 389 574/600 963/1,000
vs. UMKC 386 1,145 1,531
at Walsh Invitational 391 1,169 1,560
at Kentucky Invitational 390 1,147 1,537
vs. UMKC, TCU, Wyoming 387 1,094 1,481
vs. UAF, Air Force, Wyoming 386 1,161 1,547
vs. UAF, Air Force, Wyoming 385 1,159 1,544
at Roger Withrow 386 1,158 1,544
at Collegiate Sectional 383 1,162 1,545
vs. Ohio State 385 1,167 1,552
at NCAA Individual --- 1,163 ---
at NCAA Championships 388 1,153 1,541
Match Average 386 1,154 1,539
As a junior competitor
A three-time Colorado State Junior Olympic air rifle and smallbore champion, Trujillo was the National Junior Olympic air rifle champion in 1996 and won the smallbore in 1997. She was the 1999 NRA Junior three position air rifle runner-up and placed ninth overall at the 1999 Rocky Mountain Championships.
Trujillo gained international experience as a member of the USA junior women's air rifle team at the 1998 World Championships held in Barcelona, Spain.
The daughter of George and Roxanne Trujillo, Amanda was born Dec. 23, 1980, in Denver, Colo. She has two sisters, Aubrey, 19, and Alicia, 18. Her club coaches were Steve Benninghoven, Charlie Levelle and Ken Gathman. A pre-nursing major, Amanda owns a 3.411 GPA.