U.S. Olympic Trials for Shotgun: The Trap Report

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 25, 2011)

HaddenWith the first leg of U.S. Olympic Trials for Shotgun completed, the leaders have emerged with all looking to obtain that one available berth on the 2012 Olympic Team next May at the final team selection.  In Men’s Trap, the top six shooters are separated by only seven targets and with 250 targets yet to shoot, the number one slot is wide open.  Leading the way is Jake Turner (Richland, Wash.) with 240 out of 250 targets.  Just one target behind is Staff Sergeant Ryan Hadden (Pendleton, Ore., pictured right) with 239 targets.  Dustin Anderson (Woodstock, Ga.) is in third with 238 targets followed by Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.) with 236 targets.  Garrett Walters (Burr Oak, Mich.) and Jake Wallace (Castaic, Calif.) finished with 233 targets.

CaitlinThe Women’s Trap leader, however, has a surprising six target cushion as the result of an outstanding three day performance.  Caitlin Weinheimer (Kerrville, Texas, pictured left) took a strong lead on her home range with 234 out of 250 targets.  Kelsey Zauhar (Lakeville, Minn.), Kayle Browning (Wooster, Ark.) and Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) are all tied with 228 targets.  Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas) is in fifth place with 226 targets and Susan Sledge (El Cajon, Calif.) has 222 targets in sixth place. 

Next May, the athletes will vie for top honors and their place on the Olympic Shooting Team at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.  Shooters will add another 250 targets to their aggregate score with the top six male and femlae athletes advancing to a final round of 25 targets where the Olympic Team nominations will be determined.

To view scores, please navigate to the iClays website.  Photos © Chip Pitcairn.

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