Fall Selection Match Begins Road to Tokyo for Shotgun Athletes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (September 29, 2017)

Have gun.  Will travel.  That seems to be the order for America’s elite shotgun athletes who return to the range less than three weeks from a World Championship in which they garnered 12 medals.  Saturday begins USA Shooting’s Shotgun Fall Selection match in Tillar, Arkansas, and thus 2018 and the Road to Tokyo 2020 begins now.

The countdown reads 1,028 days until the XXXII Olympiad officially begins, but for competitors shooting for that ultimate target in Tokyo, the shots matter more starting Saturday.  USA Shooting’s Fall Selection Match for Shotgun helps determine 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships participants.   

Olympic qualification and country quota allocations officially gets underway during next year’s World Championships, August 31-September 14.  Fall Selection is part one of a two-part qualification system established for Shotgun and will feature 250 Qualification targets plus one final in each discipline. The second stage of World Championship selection will take place at the 2018 Spring Selection Match, March 19-30 at a site to be announced. Juniors will earn their World Championship selection during one match at next year’s Spring Selection. 

Performance at Fall Selection will also determine athlete participants for the season-opening 2018 World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 2-12. 



Derek Haldeman and Ashley Carroll seen her competing in the Mixed Team Trap event during the recent World Championships where they would eventually earn bronze in the new Olympic event. Both are favorites to leave Tillar with a jump start on 2018 World Champs selection.Trap competition is on tap first as athletes return to the site of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. In Women’s Trap, Ashley Carroll (Solvang, California) has been in a class by herself since falling short of an Olympic bid.  She added a third straight national title this summer, the first shotgun athlete to do so since skeet top performer Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) from 2010 to 2012. Since winning 2015 In nine domestic competitions since 2015, Carroll has earned five victories including four in a row.  The 22-year-old California native has been equally impressive during international competition as well, finishing sixth at the recent World Championships to go along with three top-11 World Cup finishes in 2017.  

Nationals podium placers Kayle Browning-Thomas (Wooster, Arkansas) and Caitlin Weinheimer (Port Lavaca, Texas) will provide a serious challenge as will two-time Olympic bronze medalist Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska). 

Finding consistency among the ranks has proven far more difficult in Men’s Trap.  There hasn’t been a repeat winner in the three domestic shotgun events USA Shooting hosts since Brian Burrows won 2012 Nationals and 2012 Fall Selection back-to-back.  Since 2012, there have been 12 different winners in a U.S. Men ‘s Trap competition. 

Perhaps U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) competitor Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio) can break that trend given that he seems to be enjoying life competing in a new discipline, as showcased by a national title and a fifth-place finish at World Championships.  Haldeman is one of many previous Double Trap specialists making the transition to Trap look easy.  His USAMU teammate Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas), a five-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic gold medalist in Double Trap, was a bronze medalist at Nationals. Caleb Lindsey (Spring Hill, Tennessee) finished second at Nationals followed by Roe Reynolds (Quitman, Arkansas).  Others to look for might include Sevin Layer (Palm Harbor, Florida), winner of the 2017 Spring Selection Match as well as Jake Wallace (Castaic, California), current world-record holder, World Champs team member and 2016 Fall Selection champ. 

Stay tuned for a preview of Skeet competition coming up Wednesday, October 4 prior to first shots for that match.  

The 2017 Fall Selection Match is taking place at the Delta Resort and Spa just outside Tillar.  They have previously hosted the 2014 Fall Selection Match and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and concurrent Spring Selection Match. Located on 2,000 acres in the heart of Southeastern Arkansas, the Delta Resort and Spa was planned as one of the largest sporting clays resorts in America and continues to evolve into the go-to destination for both wing and clay shooters. The Shooting Sports Complex at Delta Resort & Spa offers multiple disciplines geared for both the professional and novice shooter. Equipped with the very latest state-of-the-art traps by Promatic®, Delta currently offers: One 12-stand Sporting Clays Course; 5-Stand Course with practice course; Five Olympic Bunker Trap Stations; four Skeet fields; and 10 ATA trap fields.  Check out Delta Resort and Spa on Facebook for some great coverage and photos of the event taking place. 

2017 Fall Selection Match Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 30 – Trap 75 Targets

Sunday, October 1 – Trap 50 Targets

Monday, October 2 – Trap 75 Targets

Tuesday, October 3 – Trap 50 Targets + FINALS

Thursday, October 5 – Skeet 75 Targets

Friday, October 6 – Skeet 50 Targets

Saturday, October 7 – Skeet 75 Targets

Sunday, October 8 -- Skeet 50 Targets + FINALS 

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