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Shotgun Athletes Gunning for World Champ Spots & National Prestige at 2015 National Junior Olympic Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 7, 2015)

Three-hundred Junior Shotgun athletes from across the nation have gathered at the USA Shooting International Shooting Complex just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado in anticipation of the 2015 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC), July 22-27.

During the recent USA Shooting National Championships (USANC), Junior athletes in all Shotgun disciplines proved their abilities against decorated Open category competitors, making the National and Junior National team. This week’s NJOSC is the second half of the junior team qualifier for participation at the upcoming 2015 Shotgun World Championships in Lonato, Italy later this year. The first part of the qualifier was the results from the USANC.

Medalists from Nationals highlight the field of competitors.  In Men’s Trap, look out for Dustin McGowen (Greenwood, Arkansas), who had a breakout performance on these ranges in June, placing second in the Open category at USANC. Also having recent success at the Junior Cup in Suhl, Germany is Ryne Barfield (Poulan, Georgia), who has traveled and competed in international matches for the last two years as part of the National Junior Team.

The Women’s Trap lineup also has many young and talented athletes looking to continue their success and lead them to World Championships. Currently in the lead for the World Championships qualification is Grace Hambuchen (Maumelle, Arkansas), who won the Junior category at USANC and was appointed to National Junior Team after finishing second in last year’s event. Cheyenne Waldrop (Foresthill, California) sits in second, looking to overtake the lead and qualify in first for the Junior World Team. Currently third in qualification is Emily Hampson (Saint Charles, Missouri), who recently traveled with Waldrop to the Junior Cup in Suhl. Hampson placed first at the Junior Cup, followed by Waldrop in second.

Dale Royer asserted himself at the 2015 USA Shooting National Championships in Double Trap earning National Team honors.  He's back this week to win a Junior Olympic title and secure his slot for the 2015 World Championships.Double Trap athlete Dale Royer (Jackson, Montana) holds the lead for the Junior World Team qualification after placing third in the Open category and winning the Junior title at USANC. Royer currently has a four-target lead over Hank Garvey (Newburyport, Massachusetts), who holds a nine- target lead over defending NJOSC Champion Jesse Haynes-Lewis (Nahant, Massachusetts).The top three qualifiers so far also recently competed at the Junior Cup, where they won team silver.

The 2014 Junior Olympic Skeet Champion Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) looks to continue his recent run of success after becoming Junior Champion at USANC and winning a silver medal at the Junior Cup. After scoring a 244 in qualification, only one target separated Jungman from a third-place finish overall in the Open category. Also looking for strong second round for the Ju) who sits eight targets behind Jungman. Currently sitting in third for the qualification is Luis "Taz" nior World Team qualification is Christian Elliott (Greenwood, Indiana) who sits eight targets behind Jungman. Currently sitting in third for the qualification is Luis "Taz" Gloria (Tucson, Arizona), who is only four targets behind Elliott.

Another impressive Junior Team member who recently broke through to the National Team is Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida), the 2014 Junior World Champion and recent USANC Junior Champion and Open bronze medalist. Vizzi currently holds a decisive 20-target lead over the second place qualification score for the Junior World Team, held by Katharina Jacob (Rochester, Michigan). The gap closes between second and third-place contenders, where Sydney Carson (North Liberty, Indiana) is only 11 targets behind Jacob.

2015 NJOSC Shotgun Schedule

Wednesday, July 22 – Trap Official Training

Thursday, July 23 – Trap Qualification (75 Targets)

Friday, July 24 – Trap Qualification (50 Targets) + Final 

Saturday, July 25 – Skeet Official Training, Double Trap Official Training

Sunday, July 26 – Skeet Qualification (75 Targets), Double Trap Qualification (150 Targets) + Final

Monday, July 27 – Skeet Qualification (50 Targets) + Final

For schedules and a complete program, click here.

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