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Uptagrafft Rules Men’s Prone While Italy Tops Three Position Podiums at Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 4, 2012)

UptaSergeant First Class Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) left little to be desired in the Men’s 50m Rifle Prone event at the Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships.  Uptagrafft, a soldier in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), fired a near perfect qualification score of 1198 out of 1200 points at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  He continued to shine with the highest final of 105.2 points for the gold medal.  USAMU teammate Sergeant First Class Jason Parker (Columbus, Ga.) and Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) were neck-and-neck throughout the final, rotating between second and third with each shot.  Emmons fired 103.5 points in the final, but Parker sealed his silver fate with 104.4 points in the final to best Emmons by one-tenth of a point.  Italy’s Nico Campriani shot 1298.8 points in the final for fourth place.  Sergeant Shane Barnhart (Columbus, Ga.) got a leg-up on USAMU teammate Joseph Hein (Mason City, Mich.) with a strong final of 104.6 points to finish in fifth place with 1295.6 total points. Hein shot 1294.8 total points for sixth place.  Italian Marco de Nicolo was just eight-tenths of a point behind with 1294 points for seventh place and Sergeant Hank Gray (Phenix City, Ala.) finished in eighth place with 1293.5 points.

Italy’s Petra Zublasing topped the Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position field by nearly four points.  Zublasing, a member of the rifle team at the University of West Virginia, finished with 1271.4 total points for the gold medal.  Sandra Fong (New York, N.Y.), a student at Princeton University, won the silver medal with 1267.6 total points.  The bronze medal was a battle between U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) Resident Athlete Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) and teammate Jamie Gray (Lebanon, Pa.).  Gray entered the final one point behind Sowash at 1166 points.  Sowash fired 96.3 points to Gray’s 96.7 points for the bronze medal.  Gray finished fourth overall.  Antonella Notarangelo of Italy shot 1260 points for the fifth position.  Fong’s sister, Abigail Fong (New York, N.Y.), shot 1250.7 points and Specialist Erin Lorenzen (Columbus, Ga.) of the USAMU shot 1248.8 points for sixth and seventh place respectively. The highest final of the day, however, belonged to junior shooter Denise Martin (Chewelah, Wash.).  Martin shot a very impressive 101.7 points in the final to top the junior field with 1251.7 total points. 

Italy ascended another podium as former University of West Virginia and Italian Campriani won the gold medal in Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position.  Campriani started the match with 1186 points the first day of competition and continued to stride ahead the second day with 1185 points to enter the final with a 12 point lead.  Campriani shot 101.1 points in the final to finish with 2472.1 total points.  The silver medalist was U.S. Olympic Team nominee Emmons with the highest final of 103 points to finish at 2462 total points.  Parker also kept pace with 101.6 points in the final for a total of 2445.6 points for the bronze medal.  Italian teammate Marco de Nicolo finished just three-tenths behind Parker in fourth place with 2445.3 points.  OTC Resident Athlete Tom Csenge (Colorado Springs, Colo.) gained ground in the final with 98.1 points.  Csenge finished with 2439.1 total points for fifth place.  Sergeant Joseph Hein (Mason City, Mich.) of the USAMU, fired 2342 match points and 96.5 points in the final for 2438.5 total points and sixth overall.  USAMU teammates Sergeant George Norton (Columbus, Ga.) finished in seventh place with 2434.3 total points and Gray fired 2427.1 total points for eighth place. 

National Rifle Coach Major Dave Johnson said, “It was a good day with world-class results.  We have some new faces moving up the ladder and it will be exciting to see how their skills develop.”  The Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships continue tomorrow with finals in Men’s and Women’s 10m Air Rifle.  For results from the Super Final and smallbore competition, please click here.  Follow the USA Shooting Team on Facebook to see Rocky Mountain pictures, interviews and more.

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