Blue chip prospect who lived up to preseason billing ... closed out rookie year as the team's top shooter in both disciplines ... capped phenomenal season at the NCAA Championships by leading Army to first title in school history ... finished fourth in both events after advancing to individual finals ... two-time All-American ... first plebe in school history to garner first team honors in both events and just second Black Knight to accomplish that feat ... should repeat again as an All-America and will be contender for a national title ... named the Great America Rifle Conference's "Rookie of the Year" ... selected as team's top rookie and shooter ... earned berth on Championship of Americas team that competes November in Puerto Rico ... also qualified for second straight year for the U.S. National Development Team ... expected to make even larger contribution this year as both shooter and leader ... despite talent, hard worker who has set bar high for himself and teammates to emulate ... letterwinner.
2004-05: Closed out brilliant rookie season at the NCAA Championships by leading Army to first title in school history ... finished fourth in both events after advancing to the individual finals ... went into the smallbore finals with a 585 qualifying mark ... finished with a 99.6 out of a possible 109 in the shoot-off to compile an overall aggregate of 684.6 after firing 20 shots in each position (standing, prone, kneeling) ... registered a 585 qualifying mark in air rifle and went on to post a 102.2 to finish with a 687.2 total ... tabbed for first-team All-America honors in air rifle and smallbore by the National Rifle Association (NRA) based on performance throughout the year ... first freshman in school history to accomplish that feat and just the second Black Knight to claim top honors in both events ... named the Great America Rifle Conference's "Rookie of the Year" and tabbed for first-team all-star honors in smallbore, air rifle and combined scoring after leading Army to the regular-season title with unbeaten 6-0 mark ... top shooter at the GARC Championships in both team disciplines to lead Army to runner-up honors in the team scoring ... individually captured pair of GARC titles in smallbore and aggregate with combined career mark of 1184, along with finishing second in air rifle following a sudden-death shoot-off ... registered a career-high 594 air rifle mark, but lost by a point in the shoot-off for the crown after tying with perfect tens in first four shots ... first in air rifle five times, runner-up in another and third three times ... grabbed medalist honors eight times in smallbore ... earned a spot on the Championship of Americas Team on the strength of second-place finish in smallbore prone at the USA Shooting National Championships during the summer ... fired an 1184 to finish a point behind the medalist in the two-day competition, posting 102.7 in 10-shot finals ... selected for the US National Development Team following a third-place finish in the three-position smallbore where he turned in the highest standing mark of 101.4.
Prior to West Point: Finalist in smallbore prone at the 2004 World Cup in Sydney, Australia ... posted a Top 10 finish at the recent Olympic Trials ... one of just four shooters at the Trials to finish among the leaders in all three disciplines ... earned a plethora of honors before closing out prep school days at Glendora H.S. ... four-time National Junior Olympic Qualifier ... 2004 National Junior Olympic smallbore champion ... set several national records along with winning numerous state titles.
Personal: Given name is Christopher Richard Abalo ... born Sept. 23, 1986 ... son of Patty and Eddie Abalo ... majoring in Geospatial Information Science.