Richmond Leads Army Dominance in Men’s Double Trap during Part One of 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

TUCSON, Arizona (October 16, 2015)

Josh Richmond (center) edged his two Army teammates including Derek Haldeman (right) and Jeff Holguin during the first part of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.As expected, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) stood tall during the Men’s Double Trap portion of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.  At the halfway point, it is 2012 Olympian Josh Richmond who will hold a slight advantage over his two teammates heading into the conclusive match next May in Tillar, Arkansas. 

The firepower of the Army black and gold was on display in Tucson, Arizona during the two-day competition serving as part one of the Olympic Trials to determine which athlete will join USAMU Staff Sergeant, five-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas) in Rio de Janeiro next year. 

Richmond’s familiar foes are none other than Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio) and Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, California), who help complete a distinguished quartet, all with their fair share of international success.  Haldeman held the advantage throughout qualifying, outshooting Richmond by three targets. But it was Richmond gaining the points he would need in each of the two event Finals, with both first and second-place finishes.  Holguin, the 2008 Olympian and fourth-place finisher in Beijing, used a first-place finals finish Friday to ensure he stayed within striking distance of his two challengers. 

It didn’t start off so well for Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania), a two-time World Champion who has earned two World Cup medals at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.  He shot a 23/30 in his first of 10 qualifying rounds. 

 “I think this match has proven what happens when there’s so much at stake,” Richmond acknowledged. “All of us are better shooters than what we showed out there over these last two days, but that’s what happens when you add nerves, anxiety and pressure to a winner-take-all situation.  I started off poorly, but I quickly put that score out of my mind and didn’t let it define this match.  I just kept digging and scratching.  There’s not another match like this, and so every single pair means you’re living on the edge.  It really gets you out of your comfort zone.  But I’ll take my one target lead and work on those things that affected me here and try to build on it in Tillar.”

Sitting in fourth position, 13 points back, is 16-year-old Hank Garvey (Newburyport, Massachusetts).  Garvey had the top qualifying score Thursday and finished third in that Final.  However, Friday was a different story as he was 10-targets behind the previous day’s qualifying score, leaving him short of making the Final. Jacob Hochhausler (Tampa, Florida) is fifth followed by Christian Wilkoski (Centerburg, Ohio).

The additional Olympic nominee in Men’s Double Trap will be chosen next May in Tillar, Arkansas, using a combined cumulative score factoring in both qualifying targets (600 targets) and points from four separate finals.   

Men and Women Skeet participants will complete their final two rounds tomorrow before the second Final concludes the eight-day event. Five-time Olympian Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) and Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida) recorded the best score Friday with a 70/75, to lead by one over Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colorado).  Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Iowa) sits in fourth with 68 targets.  Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan) is fifth, having missed nine. 

Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) proved he likes the breezy conditions he faced throughout the day Friday, dropping just one target over three rounds.  He’s one target ahead of Aaron Wilson (Lansing, Kansas) and USAMU shooter Hayden Stewart (Columbia, Tennessee).  Pan Am Games champion TJ Bayer (College Station, Texas) sits at 72 while Nick Boerboon (Prior Lake, Minnesota) and Tucson native Luis Gloria are at 71.

The additional Olympic nominee in both Men’s and Women’s Skeet will also be chosen next May in Tillar, Arkansas, using a combined cumulative score factoring in both qualifying targets (500 targets) and points from four separate finals.   

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