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Skeet, Double Trap Competitors Get Their Shot at World Champs, CAT and World Cup Slots in Kerrville Beginning Thursday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 19, 2014)

Seventeen International Trap athletes secured their competitive futures through 2014 Sunday in Kerrville, Texas, site of the 2014 USA Shooting Spring Selection Match for Shotgun.  Beginning Thursday, the best skeet and double trap shooters in the nation get their chance.

The Hill Country Shooting Sports Center is playing host to the second half of the World Championship and Championship of the Americas (CAT) selection process, as well as select teams for the remaining ISSF World Cups in Almaty, Kazakhstan (May 16–25), Munich, Germany (June 4-14) and Beijing, China (July 1-10). The ISSF World Championships will take place in Granada, Spain September 6-20.

The top-three finishers at Fall Selection in Tucson, Ariz. have already earned trips to World Cup USA back in Tucson, April 8-15 and received points toward World Championships qualification. The event featured 250 targets over three days of competition and included one final for open and juniors. Athletes received an aggregate ranking based on two series of 125 targets each, plus Finals points.

To view the Selection Point Rankings following the 2013 Fall Selection Match, click here

Spring Selection and approximately 310 additional targets stand in the way of 18 more athletes (nine open, 9 junior) representing their country at the upcoming World Championships. The match features 250 targets thrown over two series (125 each), plus two finals after each series of 125 targets.

Junior Luis "Taz" Gloria surprised a veteran field of skeet shooters on his home range in Tucson. Can he continue crushing clays in tough Kerrville conditions?Skeet Fall Selection Champion Luis “Taz” Gloria (Tucson, Ariz.) will look to prove himself once again when he faces two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.), 2012 Olympian Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.), 2013 U.S. Champion Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas) and two-time Olympic Trials finalist Mark Weeks (Clinton Township, Mich.) again, this time away from the confines of his home range.

The 19-year-old Gloria was by far the most inexperienced of the finals field in October, but he would enter the gold-medal final to face Perry after defeating Hayden Stewart (Columbia, Tenn.), 2-1, in a shoot-off after the two tied in the semifinal hitting 15/16 shots. He’d again nail 15 targets in the final to defeat Perry by one target.  Just six qualification points separate the top-six shooters heading into the match.

Five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) outshot all competitors, male or female, by three targets missing just eight total following 280 shots over three days when she took the Women’s Skeet Fall Selection title back in October. She will have to defend her Fall Selection title from National and Qatar Open champion Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and fellow National Team members Morgan Craft (Muncy Valley, Pa.), Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) and Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Iowa) who will look to medal this time around. They could also see strong competition from Junior Fall Selection Champion and World Championship Junior silver medalist Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Fla.).

2008 Olympic gold medalist and Current Double Trap World Champion Glenn EllerHeadlining the Double Trap competition will be 2008 Olympic gold medalist, current World Champion and World Cup Finals silver medalist Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas) who has been on a hot streak and also won the Fall Selection match in Tucson, Ariz. back in October.

Probably the toughest competition Eller will face comes from USAMU teammates Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pa.).The three have had a decade-long stranglehold on both the World and U.S. Double Trap competition. Combined they’ve earned 15 World Championship medals, 27 World Cup medals and appeared in six Olympic Games. Junior World Champion and fellow National Team member Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) will be looking to challenge the Open Division as well and defend his Junior Fall Selection win.

These athletes will be looking to join these Trap counterparts already selected for international competition this year.

2014 World Championships Team

OPEN

Rachel Heiden 

Ryan Hadden

Ashley Carroll                          

Seth Inman                                                                                                                                                        

Janessa Beaman                     

Jake Wallace                                                                                                                                                      

Jr. Women                       Jr. Men

Amber Culwell                         Austin Odom

Samantha Smith                      Garrett Beissner

Katlyn Lawson                          Ryne Barfield

CAT Team

Women                            Men

Ashley Carroll                           Ryan Hadden

Janessa Beaman                      Jake Wallace

Caitlin Weinheimer                  Seth Inman

Remaining 2014 World Cups

Women                            Men

Victoria Burch                           Alex Rennert

Susan Sledge                            Brian Burrows

To learn more about last week's Trap Selection, click here:  

http://www.usashooting.org/news/2014/3/16/491-twelve-athletes-earn-their-way-to-shootings-big-dance

The Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, Inc., is an official United States Olympic Training Site, and includes opportunities for athletes to participate in Olympic and Paralympic shooting programs.  The facility provides an elite Olympic training environment that positively impacts athlete performance in shooting sports. The full-service shooting range accommodates national and international events, as well as assists in the development of youth programs.  Conveniently located on 140 acres just outside of Kerrville in Central Texas, this facility currently provides a training and competition venue for National shotgun teams and U.S. Olympic Hopefuls.   The venue was used during the first half of Olympic Team selection in shotgun for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

2014 Spring Selection Match Schedule

Thursday, March 20        Skeet (75 Targets)

Friday, March 21               Skeet (50 Targets) + Final

Saturday, March 22         Skeet (75 Targets)

                                                Double Trap (150 Targets) + Final

Sunday, March 23            Skeet (50 Targets) + Final

                                                Double Trap (150 Targets) + Final

Categories: Press Releases, 2014 Spring Selection Match
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