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USAS Nationals for Rifle & Pistol: Morrill & Parker Champions

FORT BENNING, Ga. (July 3, 2011)

At the 2011 National Championships for Rifle and Pistol, Meghann K. Morrill (Boerne, Texas) won the Women’s 10m Air Rifle National Champion title. Morrill entered the final with 790 match points after the two-day competition. Situated in third place, her outstanding final of 102.9 points propelled her to the top of the podium with 892.9 total points. The silver medalist was Sarah Beard (Danville, Ind.) with 790 match points and 102.7 points in the final for a total of 892.7 points. Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.) finished in third place with 791 match points and 101.1 points in the final for 892.1 total points. Sarah Scherer (Fort Worth, Texas) was the fourth place finisher with 791 match points and 100.1 points in the final for 891.1 total points. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) finished in fifth place with 788 match points and 102.2 points in the final for 890.2 total points. Emily Holsopple (Wilcox, Pa.) finished with 790 match points and 100.1 points in the final for 890.1 total points to finish sixth. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn.) shot 789 match points and 101.1 points in the final to finish with 890.1 total points. Caitlin Morrissey (Topeka, Kansas) finished in eighth place with 784 match points and a strong final of 102.9 points for a total of 886.9 points.

In the Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position event, Sergeant First Class Jason Parker (Columbus, Ga.) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) was the clear winner of the event. With over a ten point victory, Parker shot 2344 match points to gain an eight point lead. He followed up that performance with the highest final of 99.6 points for 2443.6 total points. The silver medalist was Sergeant Joseph Hein (Mason, Mich.) with 2432.7 total points (2336+96.7). The bronze medalist of the event was Thomas Kyanko (Wellsburg, W.Va.), a student and rifle team member at West Virginia University. Kyanko, a J1 category shooter, fired 2421.8 total points (2324+97.8 points). The fourth place finisher was Sergeant George Norton (Columbus, Ga.) with 2321 match points and 96.5 points in the final for 2417.5 total points. U.S. Army teammate Captain Christopher Abalo (Glendora, Calif.) shot 2323 match points and 94.4 points in the final to finish in fifth place. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Matt Wallace (Fairbanks, Alaska) shot 2319 match points and 98.2 points in the final for 2417.2 points. The seventh place finisher was Staff Sergeant Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisc.) with 2316 match points and 99 points in the final for 2415 total points. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Tom Csenge (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished in eighth place with 2316 match points and 94.6 points in the final for 2410.6 total points.

The National Junior Champion of Women’s 10m Air Rifle was Scherer with 791 match points and 102.6 points in the final to finish with 893.6 total points. The silver medalist was her Texas Christian University teammate Beard with 790 match points and 102.1 points in the final for a total of 892.1 points. The bronze medalist was Holsopple with 790 match points and 99.4 points in the final for 889.4 total points.

The Junior Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position gold medalist was Kyanko with 2324 match points and 94.8 points in the final. He finished with 2418.8 points—a nearly twelve point lead! The silver medalist was Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) with 2311 match points and 95.5 points in the final for a total of 2406.5 points. The bronze medalist was Daniel Hermsmeier (Chesterfield, Mo.) with 2293 match points and 98.9 points in the final for a total of 2391.9 points.

In the Junior Men’s Sport Pistol event, Alexander Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Fla.) won the gold medal with 1129 match points. Calvin Li (Great Falls, Va.) shot 1105 points for the silver medal and Nathan Switzer (Newport News, Va.) shot 1074 points for the bronze medal. Both Chichkov and Li were awarded with spots on the Junior National Pistol Team.

Pictured above (L to R) Hein, Parker and Kyanko.

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