World Championships, CAT and World Cup Slots Up For Grabs in Kerrville

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 11, 2014)

What better way to kick off the longer days, the warmer weather than with USA Shooting’s Spring Selection Match, March 13-23 in Kerrville, Texas.

More than 150 of the finest shotgun shooters in not just the U.S., but the world, will descend on the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center to wrap the second half of the World Championship and Championship of the Americas (CAT) selection process, as well as select teams for the remaining ISSF World Cups in Almaty, Kazakhstan (May 16–25), Munich, Germany (June 4-14) and Beijing, China (July 1-10). The ISSF World Championships will take place in Granada, Spain September 6-20.

The top-three finishers at Fall Selection in Tucson, Ariz. have already earned trips to World Cup USA back in Tucson, April 8-15 and received points toward World Championships qualification. The event featured 250 targets over three days of competition and included one final for open and juniors. Athletes received an aggregate ranking based on two series of 125 targets each, plus Finals points.

To view the Selection Point Rankings following the 2013 Fall Selection Match, click here

Spring Selection and approximately 310 additional targets stand in the way of 30 athletes (15 open, 15 junior) representing their country at the upcoming World Championships. The match features 250 targets thrown over two series (125 each), plus two finals after each series of 125 targets.

Things get underway with Trap starting on Thursday as Alex Rennert (Surfside, Fla.) will look to duplicate the biggest win of his budding career in Texas. He’ll face strong competition from National Champion Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, Calif.) and fellow National Championship medalists Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.) and Jake Wallace (Castaic, Calif.).  Despite Rennert’s win, only Burrows finds himself among the top-3 in the rankings heading into Spring Selection.  A pair of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) shooters in Ryan Hadden and Seth Inman (Independence, Mo.) shot better over the course of the match in Tucson last Fall to move to the top of the rankings. 

Trap Fall Selection and National Champion Rachael Heiden (Clinton, Mich.) earned three of the last four U.S. National titles and was a finalist at the 2013 World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, and the recent World Clay Target Championships. She will once again face tough competition on the women’s side from two-time Olympian Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) and Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.), who had earned victories at the two previous Selection Matches. Veteran Susan Sledge (El Cajon, Calif.) finds herself in the discussion as well, currently ranked second overall.

Skeet Fall Selection Champion Luis “Taz” Gloria (Tucson, Ariz.) will look to prove himself once again when he faces two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.), 2012 Olympian Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.), 2013 U.S. Champion Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas) and two-time Olympic Trials finalist Mark Weeks (Clinton Township, Mich.) again, this time away from the confines of his home range.

The 19-year-old Gloria was by far the most inexperienced of the finals field in October, but he would enter the gold-medal final to face Perry after defeating Hayden Stewart (Columbia, Tenn.), 2-1, in a shoot-off after the two tied in the semifinal hitting 15/16 shots. He’d again nail 15 targets in the final to defeat Perry by one target.

Five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) outshot all competitors, male or female, by three targets missing just eight total following 280 shots over three days when she took the Women’s Skeet Fall Selection title back in October. She will have to defend her Fall Selection title from National and Qatar Open champion Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and fellow National Team members Morgan Craft (Muncy Valley, Pa.), Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) and Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Iowa) who will look to medal this time around. They could also see strong competition from Junior Fall Selection Champion and World Championship Junior silver medalist Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Fla.).

Headlining the Double Trap competition will be 2008 Olympic gold medalist, current World Champion and World Cup Finals silver medalist Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas) who has been on a hot streak and also won the Fall Selection match in Tucson, Ariz. back in October.

Probably the toughest competition Eller will face comes from USAMU teammates Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pa.).The three have had a decade-long stranglehold on both the World and U.S. Double Trap competition. Combined they’ve earned 15 World Championship medals, 27 World Cup medals and appeared in six Olympic Games. Junior World Champion and fellow National Team member Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) will be looking to challenge the Open Division as well and defend his Junior Fall Selection win.

The Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, Inc., is an official United States Olympic Training Site, and includes opportunities for athletes to participate in Olympic and Paralympic shooting programs.  The facility provides an elite Olympic training environment that positively impacts athlete performance in shooting sports. The full-service shooting range accommodates national and international events, as well as assists in the development of youth programs.  Conveniently located on 140 acres just outside of Kerrville in Central Texas, this facility currently provides a training and competition venue for National shotgun teams and U.S. Olympic Hopefuls.   The venue was used during the first half of Olympic Team selection in shotgun for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

2014 Spring Selection Match Schedule

Thursday, March 13        Trap (75 Targets)

Friday, March 14               Trap (50 Targets) + Final

Saturday, March 15         Trap (75 Targets)

Sunday, March 16            Trap (50 Targets) + Final

Thursday, March 20        Skeet (75 Targets)

Friday, March 21               Skeet (50 Targets) + Final

Saturday, March 22         Skeet (75 Targets)

                                              Double Trap (150 Targets) + Final

Sunday, March 23            Skeet (50 Targets) + Final

                                              Double Trap (150 Targets) + Final

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