Record Numbers Drawn to USA Shooting’s Winter Airgun Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 3, 2014)

The post-Thanksgiving tradition of USA Shooting’s Winter Airgun Championships is upon us with record numbers set to compete at the USA Shooting Center beginning Friday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

More than 350 collegiate rifle athletes, Paralympic shooters, National and National Junior Team members and Junior Olympic participants will compete for top honors and a guaranteed spot in the 2015 World Cup season opener that takes place in early April in Changwon, South Korea. The uniqueness of Winter Airgun is that it offers three separate airgun matches in the pistol, rifle and Paralympic disciplines on three separate days. The top-three athletes accumulating the most aggregate points over the three-day event will earn nomination to the season-opening World Cup.

Additionally, Winter Airgun is serving as Part I of a two-part selection process to determine World Cup competitors for events two and three on the schedule.  The top-10 ranked athletes following Winter Airgun will be invited to participate in the Final Selection Match slated for April with World Cup spots up for grabs for Munich (Germany) and Ft. Benning, Georgia.

The schedule is packed with events beginning each day at 7:45 am and not concluding until approximately 8:30 pm.  For the full event schedule, click here.

Athletes to watch will include 2014 National Champions Dacotah Faught and Sonya May (Women’s & Jr. Women’s Air Rifle); Ryan Anderson and Garrett Spurgeon (Men’s and Jr. Men’s Air Rifle); James Henderson and Wyatt Brown (Men’s & Jr. Men’s Air Pistol) and Courtney Anthony and Lydia Paterson (Women’s & Jr. Women’s Air Pistol). Faught (Tennessee-Martin), May (Kentucky), Anderson (Alaska-Fairbanks) and Spurgeon (West Virginia) are all competing collegiately this fall and join a throng of NCAA rifle competitors that always turn this event into an NCAA Championships preview.  To that end, expect NCAA Air Rifle champion Connor Davis (Kentucky) as well as his World Championships teammates Sagen Maddalena (UAF), Lorelie Stanfield (UAF) and Mindy Miles (TCU)to all have a say in the results before week’s end.   Those four along with Spurgeon have earned scores of 596/600 in collegiate rifle action already this fall.

Other athletes to watch include 2013 World Cup medalists and 2014 Olympic quota spot providers Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) and Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) in the men’s pistol and rifle. Five pistol Olympians are set to compete including 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jason Turner (Rochester, New York), Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana), Brian Beaman (Selby, South Dakota), Brenda Silva (Snowflake, Arizona) and Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama).  Two rifle Olympians will be present in Jonathan Hall (Upatoi, Georgia)) and Morgan Wallizer (Roy, Washington).  Wallizer (formerly Hicks) was a 2004 Olympian before switching to Air Pistol after a coaching stint at the University of Nebraska.  One notable absence is that of 2012 Olympic Air Rifle finalist and seventh-place finisher Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Massachusetts), who is still recuperating following September back surgery.

To find recaps and results from Winter Airgun, click here. To follow the event live via USA Shooting’s YouTube channel, click here.  

Categories: Press Releases, 2014 Winter Airgun Championships