Junior Roe Highlights Day 1 of 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 5, 2015)

Murray State sophomore Ivan Roe (Manhattan, Montana) led the junior charge on the opening day of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Nine of the 32 finalists in the four events were junior competitors with Roe’s performance in Air Rifle good enough to give him top honors with two days remaining. 

Over 430 athletes are competing at the event formally known as the Winter Airgun Championships with five total Olympic spots available including two in Men’s Air Rifle and one each in Women’s Air Rifle, Men’s Air Pistol and Women’s Air Pistol.   

The two-part Olympic Trials includes three straight days of competition featuring three qualifiers and three separate finals.  Each day’s qualifying scores and points from the event finals will be added to each competitor’s score to get a cumulative total. The top-10 participants in each discipline will then advance to the final stage of Airgun Team Trials next June.  No Team spots will be secured during the first stage of these Olympic Team Trials. 

Roe had the third best qualifying score before excelling in the final. Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is 1.9 points  back while U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s(USAMU) Daniel Lowe (Olympia, Washington) and top qualifier George Norton (USAMU/Salina, Kansas) are 3.1 and 3.3 points out respectively.  Roe is leading the junior competition as well with the top qualifying score and second place in the final.  North Carolina State junior Lucas Kozeniesky (Fairfax, Virginia) is second, .9 points back, after winning the final.  Ohio State freshman Michael Steinel (Lowell, Ohio) is third. 

Women’s Air Rifle featured four juniors in the final but it is national champion Sarah Beard (Danville, Indiana) who takes the lead after day one following the top qualifying score.  Olympian Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Massachusetts) marked her arrival back to competition after missing the better part of the past two years with a stirring finals win by 3.5 points over Texas Christian sophomore Mindy Miles (Weatherford, Texas) who is tied for third overall with former Air Force cadet Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Illinois).  Seventeen-year-old Rhiann Travis (Poolville, Texas) used a blistering final to push her to the day one lead in the junior division over West Virginia freshman Virginia Thrasher (Springfield, Virginia). Murray State freshman Alathea Sellars (Puryear, Tennessee) is in third after making the open final as well, finishing eighth overall. 

Will Brown (center) is leading the Men's Air Pistol Competition after Day One.Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) earned the top qualifying mark in Men’s Air Pistol and won the final on the last shot over current second-place James Henderson (USAMU/Midland, Georgia).  Brown takes a two-point advantage into Saturday’s competition. Olympian Brian Beaman (Selby, South Dakota) is in third place.  Jack Leverett (Bainbridge, Georgia) holds a one-point advantage over Charles Platt (Colorado Springs, Colorado) in the junior division. Daniel Cheon (La Mirada, California) sits in third. 

Courtney Anthony (Lexington, Nebraska) holds a two-point advantage over Alexis Lagan (Salt Lake City, Utah) after day one in Women’s Air Pistol.  After the two tied with the top qualifying mark, Anthony gained the advantage with a second-place finish in the final to Lagan’s fourth-place finish.  Finals winner and 2008 Olympian Brenda Silva (Snowflake, Arizona) is in third.  After earning a sixth-place finish in open, Taylor Gallegos (Prosper, Texas) was the top junior on day one with the top qualifying score and first-place finals finish. Sixteen-year-old Keli Manegdeg  (Colorado Springs, Colorado) had a strong day that saw her competing in the open final and sitting in eighth there while earning a second-place position among juniors.  Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kansas) is in third.  

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