Trap Champions Crowned at NJOSC while Junior Rifle Athletes Rack Up Medals in Pilsen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 17, 2013)

Another event, another title for 18-year-old Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.) after winning top trap honors at the 2013 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) Sunday.  Carroll’s third straight major title was just one of the highlights during a busy shooting sports weekend for USA Shooting that featured NJOSC competition, the Meeting of Shooting Hopes international junior competition for 19 Americans, and the conclusion of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Cyprus.

The 18-year-old Carroll has bested an elite senior field during both Fall and Spring Selection Matches and this weekend it was her turn to claim the title as Junior Olympic champion.  She did so with relative ease, walking away with a 10-shot advantage over runner-up Cheyenne Waldrop (Foresthill, Calif.).

It was a brutal final for the six female participants, which was first delayed by rain, then technical difficulties and then finally a not-so-welcoming head-on wind with gusts ranging between 25-35 mph.  The scores reflected the harsh conditions with the 15-year-old Waldrop not letting that or inexperience get in her way to post a high score of 21, which given the conditions might as well been a perfect score.  She bested Carroll by two birds on her way to a silver medal and a spot on USA Shooting’s Junior National Team.  The four other finalists struggled mightily in the wind conditions with no shooter achieving 15 hit targets. 

Cheyenne WaldropNeed further proof that the Olympic Games help shape and mold dreams, Waldrop is the latest example.  Previously a half-hearted American Trap Association (ATA) participant, her focus and drive changed after watching shooting competition at the 2012 Olympic Games.  Eleven months later the smile she bore on her face and the jubilation she shared with her family after the final was justification she’d made the right choice.

“This is just really unbelievable,” said Waldrop, who’ll be a junior next year at Del Oro High School in Foresthill. “I didn’t believe in myself but everyone around me just pulled me through to this moment. This trip was all about just having fun, but to get on the team is amazing to get that goal accomplished.  My family is an amazing team and to know that no matter what, even if I’d come in last, they would have been so proud of me.  They show me that I can do whatever I put my mind to.”  

TJ BayerOn the men’s side, T.J. Bayer (College Station, Texas) is fast becoming a name to keep your eye.  Showing multi-discipline expertise, Bayer captured the Men’s Trap title in a tight contest with three points being all that separated the six finalists.  Bayer was the silver medalist in Men’s Skeet at the 2013 Spring Selection Match.  By virtue of a 5-4 shoot-off, Alex Rennert (Surfside, Fla.) finished as the silver medalist to earn his way on to the National Junior Team.  Rennert defeated Keenan Kremke (Burwell, Neb.) for the junior team spot.

Shooters who finished No. 3-5 earn appointments to the new Junior Olympic Squad, a new performance-based procedure for selecting those team members.

The Men’s Double Trap event will be contested Tuesday, June 18, with 30 participants set to take to the line.  Christopher Webster (Bainbridge, Ga.), Trey Hill (Mufreesboro, Tenn.) and Justin Brooks (Perry, Ga.) seem to be in line to take home the trophy given their performances recently.  Webster finished fourth in junior competition at the Spring Selection Match and was a bronze medalist in junior competition at last year’s National Championships while Hill and Brooks were the silver and bronze medalists at last year’s NJOSC competition.  In the field as well is Bayer, who by virtue of his skeet and trap success has showcased an ability to point a gun no matter the game.  Also, keep an eye out for 14-year-old Hank Garvey (Newburyport, Mass.) who made the Junior Final during Spring Selection.

NJOSC Women’s Trap Final Standings

  1. #Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.), 134
  2. #Cheyenne Waldrop (Foresthill, Calif.), 124
  3. *Rebekah Lowen (Hillsboro, Mo.), 120
  4. *Amber Culwell (Rosebud, Ark.), 113
  5. *Haley Colbert (Texarkana, Ark.), 113
  6. Stephanie Gutierrez (Los Angeles, Calif.), 110


NJOSC Men’s Trap Final Standings

  1. #T.J. Bayer (College Station, Texas), 139
  2. #Alex Rennert (Surfside, Fla.), 138
  3. *Keenan Kremke (Burwell, Neb.), 138
  4. *Clayton Moniot (Kansas City, Kan.), 137
  5. *Tyler Lirio (Coolidge, Ga.), 137
  6. Austin Odom (Benton, Ark.), 136

#National Junior Team members

*Junior Olympic Squad members

For complete NJOSC Trap Results, click here:

23rd Meeting of the Shooting Hopes Recap

A group of 19 junior athletes competing in the 23rd Meeting of the Shooting Hopes in Pilsen, Czech Republic, showcased a bright future for USA Shooting.  Team USA heads home today winners of nine medals in rifle including five individual and four team medals overall. 

The three-day junior-only event featuring 385 competitors from 25 nations saw three individual gold medals earned by rifle standouts Elizabeth Gratz (Sigel, Ill.), Rachel Martin (Peralta, N.M.) and Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.). Martin and Davis each earned gold in the smallbore (.22 caliber) three-position events while Gratz earned the top podium spot in Air Rifle. 

The 17-year-old Gratz also had a fourth-place finish in the women’s prone event to cap a stellar weekend of shooting.   Gratz entered the Air Rifle final in sixth place with a qualification score of 412.0 but ended up claiming gold in the final with her score of 202.7. 

In Men’s Three-Position Rifle, the final was filled with American talent. The current Air Rifle National Champion Davis was golden once again with his first-place finish in Three-Position Rifle. In the field of 90 competitors, Davis qualified with a score of 1156 and won the competition with a score of 453.1 in the final.  University of Alaska - Fairbanks standout Ryan Anderson (Fairbanks, Alaska) took silver with a qualification score of 1163 and a finals score of 450.3. Tyler Rico (Air Force/Tucson, Ariz.) finished fourth with the same score in qualification as Davis of 1156, but a finals score of 424.8. In the team competition, Davis, Anderson and Garrett Spurgeon (Canton, Mo.) teamed up to take first place with a score of 3468. 

The event got off to a great start Friday for the USA Shooting Team as West Virginia University rifle product Spurgeon walked away with a medal on day one.  Competing in Men’s Prone Rifle, Spurgeon earned a bronze medal to add to a week of accomplishments that also includes a junior national title in Men’s Three-Position Rifle and a runner-up national finish in Junior Air Rifle.  Spurgeon was in great position to capture the gold medal with the highest score of 624.8 in qualifying to lead all competitors but couldn’t continue his red-hot shooting throughout the finals to fall back to bronze.   Spurgeon then teamed up with fellow collegiate shooters Anderson and Elijah Ellis (University of Kentucky/Kingsport, Tenn.) to earn another team gold medal for Team USA.  

In pistol, the developing talent of pistol shooter Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kan.) continues to present itself every time she steps to the line.  She exited the USA Shooting National Championships as one of the youngest National Team members ever by virtue of her silver medal in the Women’s Air Pistol event.  In Pilsen, she earned a trip to the finals in the event and finished sixth overall.  Her score, combined with that of her teammates Alana Townsend (Kalispell, Mont.) and Darian Shenk (Annville, Pa.) helped earn the U.S. Team a fifth-place finish overall.  Townsend finished in 18th position while Shenk was 28thCindy Chung (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Janice Choi (La Puenta, Calif.) finished 30th and 45th.   

In other results, Tony Chung (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Brian Kim (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished 20th and 21st in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol while Paul Chong (Fontana, Calif.) was 24th in Free Pistol. 

In 10m Men’s Air Pistol, Wyatt Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) placed 25th, Kim placed 40th and Chong placed 53rd in the field of 65 shooters. In the team event, Brown, Kim and Chong placed 12th of 14 teams. 

The rifle team was lead by USA Shooting Board member Janet Raab and 1992 Olympic gold medalist and Air Force Rifle coach Launi Meili. The pistol team was lead by Assistant National Team coaches Steve Faught, Russ Doucette and En Kim. 

For complete Meeting of Shooting Hopes results, click here:

ISSF World Cup Cyprus Concludes

Billed as a major tourist destination in the heart of the Mediterranean, you’ll forgive the USA Shooting Team if they want no part of Cyprus after this week’s International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. 

A 19-person squad competed in the shotgun-only World Cup and came away disappointed after no top-10 performances. Trap shooter Janessa Beaman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the highest U.S. finisher in 13th place. The roster featured athletes that finished ranked fourth thru sixth in the final open standings of the 2013 Spring Selection match and included the fourth and fifth-placed juniors from that match as well.  Top U.S. finishers per event included:  Seth Inman (Independence, Mo.), 27th in Men’s Trap; Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.), 23rd in Men’s Double Trap; Luis “Taz” Gloria (Tucson, Ariz.), 33rd in Men’s Skeet; Jaiden Grinnell (Port Angeles, Wash.), 19th in Women’s Skeet.

For complete ISSF World Cup Cyprus results, click here:

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