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Shotgun Spring Selection Spring Selection


Showcases The Sport’s Best 185 shotgun competitors took part in the match that decided the teams for the World Cup competitions as well as the 30-person team that will compete at the 2013 World Clay Target Championships this September in Lima, Peru.


The USA Spring Selection Match took place on the site of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) May 8 – 21 and by the time the 11-day compe- tition had concluded, 185 shot- gun competitors took part in the


lection. Vincent Hancock (Eatonton,


Ga.) kicked off the match by connecting on 250-straight tar- gets to win the Men’s Skeet title at his home range of the USAMU at Fort Benning, Ga.


“I just wasn’t all there for


the fi nal,” admitted Hancock. “I couldn’t get myself hyped up for it. Getting that 250 is what I was working so hard for and having accomplished it, there was just a natural let down. I just didn’t


Two other rising juniors -- Mor-


gan Craft (Muncy Valley, Pa.) and Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Fla.) -- would fi nish third and fourth. Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colo.) rebounded from a fi nal round 19 on Saturday to earn a fi fth-place spot after a one-round shoot- off with 2012 National Cham- pion Jaiden Grinnell (Port Angeles, Wash.).


Vincent Hancock connected for 250 straight targets to win the Men’s Skeet event at Spring Selection in Fort Benning, Ga.


2008 Olympic gold medal-


match that decided the teams for the World Cup competitions as well as the 30-person team that will compete at the 2013 World Clay Target Championships this September in Lima, Peru. The top-four fi nishers in the junior division would gain valu- able international experience in the following months with the top-two headed to Granada, while third and fourth-place fi n- ishers earn a trip to Cyprus. The top-three also earned a World Championship Junior Team se-


Two previous times he had shot a 249, but until the fi nal Sunday of competition, perfec- tion had escaped him. “A 250 is what I’ve been after for quite a long time,” said Han- cock. “To do that on my old home range is pretty special.” But even Hancock misses once in a while and so he did during the Men’s Open Final, missing two targets but still waltzed to a seven-point margin of victory over rising junior T.J. Bayer (College Station, Texas).


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have the same intensity level go- ing into it.”


Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas)


earned her fi rst major title in the open division by displaying the nerves of a steely veteran. A lackluster 21 in the fi nal would put Drozd in a tie with veteran skeet shooter Haley Dunn (Muen- ster, Texas) and force a shoot-off for top prize. Drozd held her own through four sets of doubles on station four and would grab the win after Dunn missed one on the fi fth pair.


ist Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas) has shown he might be round- ing back into form that led him to his triumph in Beijing. With a win at the USA Shooting Spring Selection Match on his home range in Fort Benning, he’s now climbed to the top again among America’s elite Double Trap com- petitors. Eller led after Day 1 with 145 hits of 150 targets and at the close of Day 2 he continued to lead the fi eld with 283 hits of 300 targets. In the fi nal, he hit 27 of 30 targets, giving him a to- tal score of 310 and enough to hold on for the win. “This gives me confi dence


going into the rest of the year,” he said. “I’ve been training hard with my new setup, getting used


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