Trap Promise Showing at ISSF World Championship

CHANGWON, South Korea (September 5, 2018)

No medals were won today by the United States on the fourth day of competition at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon, South Korea, but there’s promise showing among our Junior ranks.

The day started off at the Changwon International Shooting Range with the 50m Men’s Prone Rifle event. The U.S. men won the silver medal in this event yesterday during the Elimination round and received it during an awards ceremony earlier today. Read that recap: In today’s Qualification round, however, no U.S. men were to climb atop the podium in the individual event. In unusually challenging wind conditions that had the top Prone shooters around the world perplexed by the wind flag movements, the top for the U.S. came from two-time Olympian Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisconsin/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) who finished in 13th place with a score of 624.0. 2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky (Fairfax, Virginia) finished in 15th place with a score of 623.9 and three-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey) finished in 16th place with a score of 623.8.

In Junior Women’s Air Pistol, Sarah Choe (Los Angeles, California) posted the top finish for the United States with a score of 564 for 23rd place. Katelyn Abeln (Douglasville, Georgia) finished in 33rd place with a score of 562 and Kellie Foster (Rockdale, Texas) finished in 43rd place with a score of 559.

In Junior Mixed Air Rifle Team, the team of Sarah Osborn (Hampton, Virginia, 415.1) and Will Shaner (Colorado Springs, Colorado, 415.8) finished in 11th place with a combined score of 830.9. The team of Elizabeth Marsh (Searcy, Arkansas, 410.0) and Logan Ogden (Galway, New York, 414.0) finished in 30th place with a combined score of 824.0.

The Junior Men’s Trap and Women’s Trap competition saw their first 75 targets today. On the Junior Men’s Trap side, Logan Lucas (Pacific, Missouri, pictured) sits in fourth place after hitting 72/75 targets in his first international competition. Dale Royer (Jackson, Montana) is in 19th place with 68 targets and Mick Wertz (Muncy, Pennsylvania) is in 30th place with 64 targets.

On the Women’s side after their first 75 targets, Kayle Browning (Wooster, Arkansas) sits in 18th place with 68 targets. Aeriel Skinner (Jackson, California) is in 22nd place with 67 targets and Ashley Carroll (Solvang, California) is in 26th place, also with 67 targets. Trap athletes will shoot an additional 50 targets with Finals contested later tomorrow.

Complete results and start lists from the World Championship:

Up next at the ISSF World Championship tomorrow is the conclusion of the Junior Men’s and Women’s Trap competitions, as well as the Junior Men’s and Men’s Air Pistol competitions. The Elimination round for Men’s Three-Position Rifle (also where the team medals will be contested) will also occur.

The 52nd ISSF World Championship runs through September 15 at the Changwon International Shooting Range. More than 1,800 athletes from 91 countries have gathered in Changwon to compete in the 15 Olympic Shooting events, as well as 51 non-Olympic events across five disciplines.

Check out the complete World Champs U.S. Team preview in the latest edition of USA Shooting News:

Complete schedule of the ISSF World Championship (Changwon is 13 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone):

Be sure to follow the team online throughout the World Championship: 


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