ELEY Athlete of the Month: Matt Emmons

March 2, 2011

Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) is known for his outstanding competition presence and performance, so when he wasn’t on the firing line at the 2010 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final in October, the shooting community took note. Emmons was in New York battling thyroid cancer and recovering from a surgery that removed his entire thyroid. Back at practice and hard at work, Emmons set his sights on the 2010 USA Shooting Winter Airgun Championship and reached the podium each day in Men’s 10m Air Rifle. His most recent and noteworthy performance, however, came at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships in February.

Emmons set a new USA Shooting National Record with 1188 points in Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position qualification. Moreover, Emmons finished the three-position match with a 19.6 point margin over the silver medalist. His final score was 1188 points in day one, 1179 points in day two and 101.6 points in the final for a total of 2468.6 points. He also topped the competition in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone with 600 points in day one, 598 in day two and 105.6 points in the final for 1303.6 total points. Finishing out his trifecta of gold, Emmons also ascended the podium for Men’s 10m Air Rifle with 596 points in days one and two and 103.3 points in the final for 1295.3 total points.

Conquering all three events in the Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships earned Emmons the prestige of being named the match’s Overall Champion by 27 total points. The title is awarded to the competitor with the highest combined score from qualification in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone, Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position sitting and kneeling and Men’s 10m Air Rifle. National Rifle Coach Major Dave Johnson said, “Emmons continues to build towards the spring World Cups; he’s had an incredible tournament and has worked very hard in recovery.” Performances such as Emmons’ deserve to be recognized, which is why Matt Emmons is the ELEY Athlete of the Month. USA Shooting would like to congratulate Emmons and wish him continued success as he prepares for his first ISSF World Cup of the season in Sydney, Australia, March 21 to 30.

Honorable mentions are given to the following: U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s Sergeant First Class Jason Parker for two-straight matches of 600 points in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone and a silver medal in Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position with 2499 total points; USAMU’s Sergeant Kisha Mackerney, a relative newcomer on USA Shooting’s Paralympic scene who tallied 598 and 599 points in two days of qualification in R3/R4 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed to win the gold medal; Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Brian Burrows who led the field in Men’s Trap by 11 targets in cold, rainy conditions at the USAS Spring Selection Match.

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