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Taylor Made to Conclude USA Shooting’s Fall Selection Match

KERRVILLE, Texas (October 2, 2016)

It was a Taylor made Fall Selection Match that led U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) skeet shooter Dustan Taylor to the top spot for both 2017 World Cup selection and overall match finish at the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center in Kerrville, Texas. 

It was a clean sweep for the 24-year-old, who celebrated his birthday Saturday.  Kyle Johnson (Ahwatykee, Ariz.) put forth a great last day as well, held strong through a gold-medal match victory against Taylor. The two were tied in points to determine overall match victor and had to settle it in a shoot-off, in which Taylor succeeded. Johnson is a senior biochemistry major at Lindenwood University. 

Results from the Fall Selection combined with results from July’s USA Shooting National Championship were used to determine Team spots for 2017 World Cup Selection. Top aggregate scores from three courses of fire including one from Nationals and two from Fall Selection, plus three separate Finals, helped determine overall placement and selection. Taylor (Staley, North Carolina), with the top high aggregate score, will have the choice of start positions at two of the three World Cups. 

Zach McBee (College Station, Texas) and Taylor’s USAMU teammate Mark Staffen (Lewis Center, Ohio) will have the choice of a start position at one of the three World Cups. The remaining World Cup start positions will be filled by National Coach staff selection. That selection process will include consideration of scores at national level competitions and results at international events, among other factors.  

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup schedule for 2017 features three shotgun events including the season-opener in New Delhi, India, February 22-March 4, Acapulco, Mexico, March 17-27 and Larnaca, Cyprus, April 28 - May 8.  The 2017 season will also feature the Shotgun World Championship in Moscow, Russia, August 30-September 9.  

Taylor earned the top World Cup spot by being top qualifier in two of the three rounds and by earning two silver-medal finishes. Taylor finished with a seven-point advantage over McBee and Staffen.  Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) and Kyle Johnson (Anchor Point, Alaska) were in contention but both finished one point back of Staffen. 

2016 Fall Selection Champions were as follows:

Women’s Trap -- Ashley Carroll(Solvang, California)  FULL RECAP

Men’s Trap – Jake Wallace (Castaic, California) FULL RECAP

Men’s Double Trap – Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas) FULL RECAP

Women’s Skeet – Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana) FULL RECAP

Men’s Skeet – Dustan Taylor (Staley, North Carolina)

All the Fall Selection champions, with the exception Glenn Eller in Men’s Double Trap, earned top 2017 World Cup Selection. Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, California) earned top World Cup selection in Double Trap.

2017 World Cup Selection & Fall Selection Match Results 

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