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Olympians Thompson and Hancock Put Up Top Scores in Fall Selection Match

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 5, 2012)

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Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (USAMU/Eatonton, Ga.) is on a roll.  He returned from London in August, won a silver medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final in Slovenia in September and dropped just two of the first 100 targets at USA Shooting’s Fall Selection Match in Kerrville, Texas.

Tied with Olympic teammate Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) and Mexico’s Carlos Valdez at 98 targets, Hancock isn’t slowing down.  “Today was a good first day.  We had great weather and it was fun to be able to relax and shoot another match in the U.S.,” said Hancock.  “Scores were pretty high but we have 150 targets left so there is still room for improvement.”  Three shooters are maintaining a tight margin at 96 targets: Jon Michael McGrath (Tulsa, Okla.), the National Junior Team’s Hayden Stewart (Columbia, Tenn.) and T.J. Bayer (College Station, Texas). 

Haley Dunn (Saint Jo, Texas) had a three target lead in Women’s Skeet with 98/100 targets on her return to international shooting after devoting time to the Gold Medal Shooting Academy.  U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.) is in second with 95 targets.  Connor struggled her third round with 22, but fought back to finish with 24 targets.  Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) and National Champion Jaiden Grinnell (Port Angeles, Wash.) trail Connor by just one target at 94/100.  Five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) is in fifth with 92 targets and Morgan Craft (Hughesville, Pa.) rounds out the top six with 90 targets.

In Men’s Double Trap, reigning National Champion Billy Crawford (Johnstown, Ohio) has a one target lead over Derek Haldeman (USAMU/Sunbury, Ohio).  Crawford shot a 48-47-47 for 142/150 targets on the day and Haldeman is at 141.  The National Junior Team’s (NJT) Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) is in third with 134 targets followed by Kelcey Depatis (Donovan, Ill.) at 133 and Christian Wilkoski (Centerburg, Ohio) at 132.  Daniel Rich (Langley, Va.) is in sixth with 125 targets. The Crawford-Haldeman duo has a healthy lead over the competition in the fight for gold, but that could change with 150 targets and a final tomorrow.

For complete results and rankings, please visit iclays.com.  

2012 USA Shooting Fall Selection Match SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 6            M/W Skeet & Double Trap Finals (100 skeet targets & 150 double trap targets + final)

Sunday, October 7               M/W Skeet (50 skeet targets + final)

Friday, October 12              M/W Trap (100 targets)

Saturday, October 13          M/W Trap (100 targets)

Sunday, October 14            M/W Trap (50 targets + final)

For complete results, go to www.usashooting.org or check out Facebook or Twitter.

Photo by ISSF, Vincent Hancock at the ISSF World Cup London

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