A Near Miss for Carroll On Day One of World Cup USA

TUCSON, Ariz. (April 10, 2014

Ashley Carroll breaking one of 65 targets she claimed during the Women's Trap event of the 2014 World Cup USA in Tucson, Ariz.A bad third round spoiled what looked to be a good day for Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.) as the first shotgun World Cup of the season got underway at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club in Tucson, Ariz.   Competition featured qualifying rounds and a final for Women’s Trap as well as the first two of five rounds for Men’s Trap. 

Carroll’s 70th shot of the day would spell her doom as that would be the one that would eliminate her from finals contention. A strong wind kicked up during her 3 pm final qualifying round and left her and the rest of squad struggling to connect on targets.  She’d finish the round with an 18.  Her score of 65 would place her 10th overall. 

Carroll’s teammates Rachael Heiden (Clinton, Mich.) and Susan Sledge (El Cajon, Calif.) struggled to find their accuracy throughout the day. Heiden managed a 23 to close out her qualifying rounds but rounds of 20 and 19 left her well short with a 17th-place finish.  Sledge finished with a qualifying score of 58 and a 29th-place finish. 

Australia’s Laetisha Scanlan will celebrate her 24th birthday on Sunday in fine fashion after winning today’s opening World Cup of the season. She defeated Great Britain’s Sarah Wixey in a 1-shot shoot-off after the two tied with 12 targets apiece in the gold-medal match. Scanlan’s Aussie teammate Catherine Skinner defeated Italy’s Deborah Gelisio for third.  

The USA Shooting’s Team top performance was laid down by Kayle Browning (Wooster, Ark.).  Competing as a Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) entry only, Browning scored a 68, which would end up being the second best score of the day among all competitors. Two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) finished with a score of 64 as a MQS competitor.  

The USA Shooting Team will be back at it again Friday with the final three qualifying rounds in Men's Trap where 2012 World Cup Tucson winner Ryan Hadden (USAMU/Pendleton, Ore.) lies two targets back shooting a 47/50 Thursday. Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Seth Inman (USAMU/Independence, Mo.) have some work to do with a 45 and 44, respectively. 

Men’s Double Trap and Women’s Skeet will complete their event Sunday while Men’s Skeet will take place Sunday and into Monday.  

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