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Shotgun Fall Selection the Start of a 2020 Vision

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (September 21, 2016)

2-time Olympic Bronze Medalist Corey Cogdell-Unrein will compete at the 2016 Fall Selection. Photo courtesy of DeWitt PhotosMost of America’s shotgun Olympic stars will be on-hand as the 2020 quad begins in Kerrville, Texas with USA Shooting’s Shotgun Fall Selection match, September 24-October 2.  It is the first post-Olympic competition for any of the three shooting disciplines. 

Six of the seven Olympians will compete including medalists Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) and Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska).  Morgan Craft (Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania), a fifth-place finisher in Women’s Skeet in her first Olympic appearance, is taking some time away from the sport after being accepted into Physician Assistant school. 

The match will feature two courses of fire plus two separate finals in each event.  Thus, women will shoot 150 targets in Trap and Skeet (75 for each course of fire) plus Finals.  Men will shoot 250 targets (125 for each course of fire) plus Finals in Trap and Skeet with Double Trap seeing 300 targets (150 for each course of fire) plus Finals.  

Results from the Fall Selection combined with results from July’s USA Shooting National Championship will be 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, will help determine overall placement and selection.  The high aggregate score will have the choice of start positions at two of the three World Cups. The second and third highest aggregate scores 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. 

TRAP PREVIEW

Women’s and Men’s Trap gets things underway Saturday with 116 bunker specialists currently registered to compete, highlighted by three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska).  Rightfully so, Cogdell-Unrein hasn’t picked up her trusty Krieghoff much since August 7 in Rio, but she’s ready to get it going again in Kerrville. 

“Well, I'm excited to get back on the gun and get to shoot again,” she said. “I have only been able to train twice since the Olympics, so I'll be excited to get some gun powder down range again! I'm ready to regroup after this match and set my goals moving toward 2020.” 

The competition will be familiar with reigning two-time National Champion Ashley Carroll (Solvang, California), and back-to-back runner-up Kayle Browning-Thomas (Wooster, Arkansas) ready to compete.   Also, keep an eye out for Nationals bronze medalist Emma Williams (Savannah, Tennessee) to try and keep moving up the ranks.  Kimberely Bowers (Lafayette, California) will also likely be in the mix throughout and look for Victoria Burch-Carpenter (Mountain Home, Texas) to put up some good numbers on her home range.   

Reigning National Champion Myles Walker.On the men’s side, Myles Walker (Elkhorn, Wisconsin) enters as the reigning National Champion and he’s among a group of guys just trying to establish consistency in the one shotgun event there hasn’t been for the U.S. these past two quads.  The past five events has seen five different winners and 10 different medalists. Among those competing in Kerrville, only Walker and Dustin McGowen (Greenwood, Arkansas) have seen the podium more than once during that stretch.  That list doesn’t include Jake Wallace (Castaic, California), a current world-record holder, who has sights set on this match to try and get back in the conversation. 

Other names to watch out for include the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit trio of Shane Herman (Peyton, Colorado), Seth Inman (Lexington, Missouri) and Alex Rennert (Surfside, Florida) along with Ryne Barfield (Poulan, Georgia), who had the highest combined score of anyone for the two matches used during the Olympic Trials selection process. 

Men’s Trap Scores | Women’s Trap Scores

DOUBLE TRAP PREVIEW

USAMU Olympians Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania), Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas), and Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, California) are the preeminent names in this discipline and all will be making the trek to Fall Selection. Additionally, their teammate Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio), has shown incredible consistency during the past five national matches as well having earned one title and three other medals, which is equal to the results Eller has shown during that stretch.  Holguin and Richmond both have three medals each with one title for Holguin and two for Richmond.  

Hank Garvey is hoping to keep crushing targets at Fall Selection Match.The only other person to grace a podium during that same stretch has been Dale Royer (Jackson, Montana), a 2015 Nationals bronze medalist. Pay attention to 17-year-old Hank Garvey (Newburyport, Massachusetts) as well.  If there were a Junior Shotgun Slam, he'd have it in 2016 and a junior win at Fall Selection could complete a terrific season. He was top Junior at Olympic Trials, and then followed that up by being crowned Junior Olympic Champ, National Junior Champ and Scholastic Clay Target Program International Champ. 

Double Trap Scores 

SKEET PREVIEW

Skeet shooting royalty will be present when Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) and Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) arrive in Texas ahead of their match that begins Thursday, September 29.  Rhode is coming off another historical precedent in which she became just the second Olympian ever to earn a sixth consecutive Olympic medal. Hancock, after earning back-to-back Olympic gold medals, was unable to grace the podium in Rio and is anxious to get that bad taste out of his mouth with a renewed push toward 2020.  

2-time Olympian Frank Thompson. Photo courtesy of DeWitt Photos.

Pushing Rhode will be a stacked lineup featuring fellow National Team athletes Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida), Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan), Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana) and Sydney Carson (North Liberty, Indiana). Carson enters as the reigning National Champion. English earned her first World Cup win earlier this summer in Baku, Azerbaijan.  

Joining Hancock on the men’s side will be two-time Olympian Frank Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska),current National Champion Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) along with the dangerous USAMU duo of Mark Staffen (Lewis Center, Ohio) and Hayden Stewart (Columbia, Tennessee). 

Women’s Skeet Scores | Men’s Skeet Scores 

2016 Fall Selection Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 24 – Women’s Trap 75 Targets + Final/Men’s Trap 75 Targets

Sunday, Sept. 25 – Men’s Trap 50 Targets + Final

Monday, Sept. 26 – Women’s Trap 75 Targets + Final/Men’s Trap 75 Targets

Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Men’s Trap 50 Targets + Final

Wednesday, Sept. 28 – Skeet & Double Trap Official Training

Thursday, Sept. 29 – W Skeet 75 Targets + Final/M Skeet 75 Targets/Double Trap 150 Targets + Final

Friday, Sept. 30 – Men’s Skeet 50 Targets + Final/Double Trap 150 Targets + Final

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Women’s Skeet 75 Targets + Final/Men’s Skeet 75 Targets

Sunday, Oct. 2 – Men’s Skeet 50 Targets + Final 

Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, Inc., is an elite shooting athlete training facility for shotgun, rifle and pistol events. 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 high-level shotgun teams and international hopefuls. Venues for training international hopefuls for Rifle and Pistol are currently being added. The Center offers International Trap (Bunker); International Skeet, American Singles & Doubles Trap, American Skeet, NSCA & charity Sporting Clay tournaments; practice 5 Stand, & a 100-yard Rifle & 25-yard Pistol Public Range.

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