National Championships for Shotgun Kick Off Sunday in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (September 25, 2018)

More than 200 Shotgun athletes from across the country, as well as Columbia, Guatemala and Canada, will descend on the International Shooting Park just south of Fort Carson, Colorado to compete in the USA Shooting National Championships for Shotgun starting September 30 and running through October 10.

Starting just two weeks after the conclusion of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship where Shotgun athletes won 12 of the United States’ 19 medals, competition should be as fierce as ever as athletes vie for medals, National and National Junior Team slots, as well as prize money for the top overall finishers in each discipline, courtesy of our longtime team sponsor White Flyer.

This match will also serve as the selection match for Trap Mixed Teams that will represent the United States at the Championship of the Americas (CAT Games) in November, as well as the ISSF World Cups in Acapulco, Mexico and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates next year.

The Women’s Skeet competition will showcase some of the best shooters not only in the United States, but the world. Newly-crowned Women’s Skeet World Champion Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana) and World Championship silver medalist Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) will once again take to the field in the Women’s Skeet and Trap Mixed Team events next week. 2017 Women’s Skeet World Champion Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida) and 2018 Junior World Championship bronze medalist Austen Smith (Kellar, Texas) are also expected to compete.

In addition to the two events, six-time Olympic medalist Rhode will also compete in the Women’s Trap event. Rhode publicly declared earlier this summer that she’s actively training for all three events and recently won silver in Women’s Trap at the Summer Selection Match in Kerrville, Texas.

The largest field of competitors will be in the Men’s Trap event with Junior World Championship silver medalist Logan Lucas (Pacific, Missouri) and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller, who finished sixth at the World Championship, among the competitors. Eller (Katy, Texas/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) will be joined by Jake Wallace (Castaic, California) and Grayson Davey (Anchorage, Alaska) who together earned a team silver medal in Men’s Trap at the World Championship as well.

The rest of the Women’s Trap field should hold just as much intrigue with the World Championship bronze-medal winning Women’s and Junior Women’s Teams expected to compete; including 2017 National Champion Ashley Carroll (Solvang, California), Summer Selection Match champion Kayle Browning (Wooster, Arkansas) and 13-year-old defending National Junior Champion Carey Garrison (Crossville, Tennessee).

Four-time World Champion Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) will take the rest of the year off from competition following his recent win, but Junior World Championship silver medalist Nic Moschetti (Broomfield, Colorado) is expected to compete, as well as Summer Selection Match bronze medalist Josh Raley (Gretna, Louisiana).

Competition at the National Championships for Shotgun begins with Trap on Sunday. Athletes will shoot 250 targets over four days of competition, plus a Final on October 3. The Trap Mixed Team event will throw 150 targets plus Finals each day on October 4 and 5. The National Championships wrap with the Skeet competition, with athletes seeing 250 targets over four days plus Finals on October 10. Complete schedule of events:

Directions and map to the International Shooting Park:

All events are free to spectators and open to the public. 

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