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Thirty-One Top Junior Shooters Ready For Summer Suhl

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 12, 2019)

Thirty-one of the top junior shooting sport athletes are spending part of their summer vacation in Suhl, Germany as part of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup.  The event begins Saturday with Standard Pistol competition and the Opening Ceremony.

This event will serve as a showcase for a junior class that is turning heads in all disciplines for America’s Shooting Team.  Shotgun will be represented by the same junior athletes that just recently completed their match at the 2019 Shotgun World Championships.  Rifle and Pistol athletes include many who shined at the recent National Championships.

Women’s Skeet Team World Champion Sam Simonton (Gainesville, Georgia) along with Skeet Junior Mixed Team World Champions Alex Ahlin (Bamburg, South Carolina), Austen Smith (Keller, Texas) and Junior Trap Team World Champions Carey Garrison (Crossville, Tennessee), Nicole Manhave (Longview, Texas) and Faith Pendergrass (Valley Springs, California) will compete as will Women’s Skeet Junior World Championship silver medalist Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan). Junior Team members contributed six of the 10 medals earned by Team USA at the World Championships.     

Shotgun competition gets underway with Trap on Sunday followed by Skeet on Wednesday.

The U.S. Rifle Team is led by promising high school talents and Junior National Champions Matt Sanchez (Tampa, Florida) and Katie Zaun (Buffalo, North Dakota).  Both have competed at the World Cup circuit earlier this year. Other current Junior National Champions will include West Virginia University’s Sarah Osborn (Hampton, Virginia) and Jared Eddy (Midland, Georgia) as well as University of Alaska Fairbanks standout Kellen McAferty (Littlerock, Washington) along with reigning NCAA National Air Rifle Champion and Texas Christian University sophomore Kristen Hemphill (Lohn, Texas). Junior Olympic Champion and Air Force Academy sophomore Peter Fiori (Lebanon, New Jersey) will also compete. 

In Pistol, look for Junior National Champions Luke Simon (Fargo, North Dakota), Paul Kang (Los Angeles, California), Sam Gens (Andover, Massachusetts) and Ryan Yi (Diamond Bar, California) to help bolster the roster. Also, competing will be Junior Olympic champion Abbie Leverett (Bainbridge, Georgia).

Also competing in Suhl will be 22-year-old Jason Spaude (Saginaw, Michigan) in a Target Sprint event.  Not actually a part of the Junior World Cup, but Spaude is competing in the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint match happening at the same time right next to the range.

Athletes were selected for competition based on performances at the National Junior Olympic Championships for Rifle/Pistol as well as the Spring Selection Match for Shotgun.

Jr. World Cup Schedule/Results

Here’s the full roster of Team USA competitors at the Junior World Cup:

Steven Brown

Men’s Trap

Grayson Davey

Men’s Trap

Roe Reynolds

Men’s Trap

Carey Garrison

Women’s Trap

Nicole Manhave

Women’s Trap

Faith Pendergrass

Women’s Trap

Alex Ahlin

Men’s Skeet

Ben Keller

Men’s Skeet

Conner Prince

Men’s Skeet

Sam Simonton

Women’s Skeet

Katie Jacob

Women’s Skeet

Austen Smith

Women’s Skeet

Roe Reynolds

Mixed Team Trap 1

Carey Garrison

Mixed Team Trap 1

Steven Brown

Mixed Team Trap 2

Nicole Manhave

Mixed Team Trap 2

Jason Spaude

Target Sprint

Matthew Sanchez

M3x40/Prone/MAR/MT 1

Jared Eddy

MAR/MT 2

Macey Way

WAR/MT 1

Morgan Kreb

W3x40/Prone

Katie Zaun

W3x40/Prone/WAR

Kellen McAferty

M3x40/Prone

Sarah Osborn

W3x40/Prone

Peter Fiori

M3x40/Prone

Nate Peterson

MAR

Kristen Hemphill

WAR/MT 2

Samuel Gens

MAP/MFP/MT 2

Kyler Swisher

MAP/MSTD

Ryan Yi

MRF/MSP

Abbie Leverett

WSP/WSTD

Ada Korkhin

WSP/WAP/MT 2

Paul Kang

MAP/MRF/MSP/MT 1

Bryston McPherson

MRF

Luke Simon

MSP/MSTD

Maria Tsarik

WAP/MT 1

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