Junior Shines In Men's Air Rifle

FORT BENNING, Ga. (June 8, 2013) -

Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) may still be a Junior, but today he’s King of Men’s Air Rifle.

Just two months ago he claimed the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships title in the event and today the 20-year-old gets promoted to the National Team and a gold medal  for his score of 1263.9 in the event at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle & Pistol. Davis also claimed the Junior National Champion title in Air Rifle.

“I’ve been really looking forward to air gun all week and I was really just looking forward to coming out and putting up a solid performance,” Davis said. “I didn’t really expect to win, just to do well. I was really confident for the juniors’ championship, but to win the full men’s open National Championship is really special. It was a great field of shooters - Matt Rawlings actually pulled out his old gun to shoot one more time and shot with us and it was really fun to compete with someone I’ve looked up to for a long time.”

Joining him on the podium is Men’s Three-Position Rifle silver medalist Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) with 1257.1 points and in third place last year’s National Champion Bryant Wallizer (Little Orleans, Md.) with 1245.6 points.

With his win, Davis has also been promoted to the USA Shooting National Team.

On the Junior side, Davis shared the podium with Men’s Junior Three-Position Rifle champion Garrett Spurgeon (Canton, Mo.), who finished in second place with 1238.1 points and Cody Manning (London, Ky.) in third place with 1236.8 points.

Sarah Beard (Danville, Ind.) claimed her second National Championship title today too as she took the Women’s Three-Position Rifle National Championship title with a two-day aggregate score of 1182. Emily Holsopple (Wilcox, Pa.) won the silver medal with a score of 1180 and Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass.) took bronze with a score of 1179.

In Junior Women’s Three-Position Rifle, Rachel Martin (Peralta, N.M.) won the gold medal with a score of 1153 points. In second place and newly-appointed to the National Junior Team is Minden Miles (Weatherford, Texas) with 1151 points and in third place is Megan Lee (Holly Springs, N.C.) with 1148 points. With her second-place finish, Miles has earned a spot on the National Junior Team.

The final scores in Men’s Air Rifle and Women’s Three-Position Rifle are a combined total of points including qualification scores from yesterday, today and additional points awarded for placing in each day’s final (eight additional points awarded for first, seven points for second, six points for third and so on for all finals positions) as laid out under USA Shooting’s new National Championship and World Cup team selection procedures for this event. For more information on this amendment, please click here: .

Davis, Wallizer and Holsopple will join Davis, Christenson, Beard and Scherer in representing the United States at the World Cup in Granada, Spain in July.

Women’s Sport and Men’s Free Pistol started competition today with National Champions to be crowned tomorrow. After the first day Women’s Sport Pistol, Brenda Silva (Snowflake, Ariz.) is leading with 593 points. In second place is Teresa Chamber Meyers (Dearborn, Mich.) with 581 points and in third place is Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) with 580 points.

In Men's Free Pistol, Richard Gray is leading after Day 1 with 559 points. John Zurek (Tucson, Ariz.) is in second place with 557 points and three-time Olympian Olympian Daryl Szarenski is in third with 555 points.

The Paralympic 10m Air Rifle Prone event also kicked off with John Joss (Ft. Benning, Ga.) leading after Day 1 with 629.3 points. In second place is McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Wash.) with 628.9 points. In third is Robert Beach with 622.4 points.

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