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National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships for Shotgun Showcase Future Of The Sport

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 25, 2013)

Now that the smoke has cleared, we’re able to reveal this year’s batch of National Junior Olympic Shooting Champions (NJOSC) for Shotgun.

The phrase carries a far more literal meaning this year than in those past as forest fires in Colorado couldn’t stop the annual event with more than 200 shotgun athletes coming to the International Shotgun Range at Fort Carson June 15 – 21 to compete for Junior Olympic titles in Skeet, Trap and Double Trap. Also up for grabs were spots on the National Junior and Junior Olympic teams. Athletes finishing in the top-two of the NJOSC in each discipline receive automatic nomination to USA Shooting's National Junior Team and third through fifth place earned berths on the newly-formed National Junior Olympic Squad.

While known to showcase the future of the sport, the 2013 NJOSC also provided a strong glimpse of the present as several top contenders have aligned themselves among the nation’s best overall in their respective disciplines in the past year.

The week kicked off with Men’s and Women’s Trap competition as Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.) claimed the first title of the week on the women’s side, her third straight major shotgun title after a pair of Selection Match victories

On the men’s side, T.J. Bayer (College Station, Texas) is fast becoming a name to keep your eye.  Showing multi-discipline expertise, Bayer captured the Men’s Trap and Double Trap titles at this year’s NJOSC. He finished second to Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) in May at the Spring Selection Match and is primed for a World Cup trip to Granada, Spain, and later this Fall the World Clay Target Championships in Lima, Peru.

Bayer was injured on a hiking/climbing excursion to St. Peters Dome, a hiking trail in south Colorado Springs early in the week when he fell 10 feet and suffered injuries to both legs and scraped his face.  He spent time in the emergency room and received 11 stitches to close a cut on his right leg. 

Despite the injury, Bayer didn’t seem to pay much attention with his focus on winning being the biggest pain remedy. 

“I think this sport is more about the eyes,” said Bayer afterwards. “When you look at the target it’s going to break. There are a lot of things that are going to affect you; the wind, the rain, all types of conditions and this was just another condition to get by. If you’re seeing it, you’re going to hit it.” 

Talk of a historic Junior Olympic shotgun discipline sweep by Bayer made for a good storyline coming into skeet competition.  But by the time the last clay had been dusted Friday, Bayer was nowhere to be found and fellow Texan Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) assumed his place atop the podium, a place he’s become very familiar with.

Jungman earned a second straight title while Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Fla.) earned her first Junior Olympic title as the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) came to an end.

Vizzicontinued her hot shooting after establishing herself at the 2013 Spring Selection match where she made the open final and finished fourth.  Vizzi tied Hannah Houston (Columbia, Tenn.) in qualifying with 114 and was even with Houston going into the final two stations in the wind-blown final.  Houston would drop four of the last five targets while Vizzi missed just one to help secure the hard-fought victory. 

Up next is the USA Shooting Shotgun National Championships back at Fort Carson July 24 – August 3.

For complete results from this year’s NJOSC for Shotgun, please visit http://www.usashooting.org/library/Competitions/2013_JOs/Shotgun/JO_Shotgun_Results.pdf.

New National Junior Team members for 2013-14

Skeet
Granger DeWitt (Bryan, Texas) 
Hannah Houston (Columbia, Tenn.)

Double Trap
Jacob Fritcher (Driftwood, Texas)

Trap
Alex Rennert (Surfside, Fla.)
Cheyenne Waldrop (Foresthill, Calif.)

2013-14 National Junior Olympic Squad
 http://www.usashooting.org/12-the-team/usashootingteam/njost

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