Men's and Women's Trap Champions Crowned
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 19, 2011)
At the first final of the USA Shooting National Championships for Shotgun, Matt Gossett (Springville, Ala.), won the title of Men’s Trap National Champion. Gossett shot 241 out of 250 targets over three days of competition. Despite the gusting winds, he stayed strong in the final to shoot 23 out of 25 targets for a one target victory. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, Calif.) won the silver medal with 242 out of 250 targets and 21 targets in the final for 263 total targets. Staff Sergeant Ryan Hadden of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shot 238 out of 250 match targets and 23 targets in the final for the bronze medal. Morgan Harbison (Waller, Texas) and Wesley Wilcox both finished with 260 targets after the finals. After a two target shoot-off, Harbison emerged the fourth place finisher. Wilcox finished fifth overall with 260+1 targets (239+21). Resident Athlete Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.) finished in sixth place with 237 match targets and 16 targets in the final for 253 total targets.
In Women’s Trap, Kayle Browning (Wooster, Ark.) shot 231 out of 250 match targets and scored the highest final of 23 targets for the gold medal and national title. Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas) earned a spot in the final with 234 out of 250 match targets. Wilder delivered a 19 target final for the silver medal. Resident Athlete Rachael Heiden (Clinton, Mich.) shot 237 out of 250 targets and 15 targets in the final for a total of 252 targets. Heiden and Sergeant First Class Terri DeWitt (Smiths Station, Ala.) tied at 252 targets and Heiden secured the bronze after one target in the shoot-off. Resident Athlete Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) finished with 228 targets and 21 targets in the final for 249 total targets and fifth place. Kelsey Zauhar (Lakeville, Minn.) shot 226 match targets and 16 targets in the final for 242 total targets to finish sixth.
Gossett was also the gold medalist in the Men’s Junior Trap Match. He shot 241 match targets and 21 targets in the final for 262 total targets. Haribson shot 257 total targets (238+19) for the silver medal. Resident Athlete Wietfeldt won the bronze medal with 237 match targets and 19 targets in the final for a total of 256 targets.
In addition to her Open category bronze medal, Heiden won the title of Junior National Champion for Women’s Trap. She shot 237 match targets and 20 targets in the final for 257 targets. Wilder was the silver medalist with 234 match targets and 19 targets in the final. Janessa Beaman of Elbert, Colo., won the bronze medal with 226 match targets and 22 targets in the final to finish with 248 total targets.
Men’s Double Trap is the next event for the USAS National Championships for Shotgun. Athletes begin tomorrow with Official Training and then the match starts on June 21. USAS would like to congratulate the Men’s and Women’s Trap shooters on an excellent match and wish the Men’s Double Trap athletes good luck!
Pictured above are the Men's Trap medalists (L to R): Hadden, Gossett and Burrows.
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