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2013 National Junior Olympic Championships


2013 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships for Shotgun Showcase Sport’s Future


Now that the smoke has


cleared, we’re able to reveal this year’s batch of National Junior Olympic Shooting Champions (NJOSC) for Shotgun. The phrase carries a far more


literal meaning this year than in those past as forest fi res in Colo- rado couldn’t stop the annual event with more than 200 shot- gun athletes coming to the Inter- national Shotgun Range at Fort Carson June 15 – 21 to compete for Junior Olympic titles in Skeet, Trap and Double Trap. Also up for grabs were spots on the National Junior and Junior Olympic teams. Athletes fi nishing in the top-two


of the NJOSC in each discipline receive automatic nomination to USA Shooting’s National Ju- nior Team and third through fi fth place earned berths on the new- ly-formed National Junior Olym- pic Squad. While known to showcase


the future of the sport, the 2013 NJOSC also provided a strong glimpse of the present as sev- eral top contenders have aligned themselves among the nation’s best overall in their respective disciplines in the past year. The week kicked off with


Men’s and Women’s Trap compe- tition as Ashley Carroll (Solvang,


Calif.) claimed the fi rst title of the week on the women’s side, her third straight major shotgun title after a pair of Selection Match victories. On the men’s side, T.J. Bayer


(College Station, Texas) is fast becoming a name to keep your eye. Showing multi-discipline expertise, Bayer captured the Men’s Trap and Double Trap titles at this year’s NJOSC. He fi nished second to Vincent Hancock (Ea- tonton, Ga.) in May at the Spring Selection Match and is primed for a World Cup trip to Granada, Spain, and later this Fall the World Clay Target Championships


in Lima, Peru. Bayer was injured on a hik- ing/climbing excursion to St. Peters Dome, a hiking trail in south Colorado Springs early in the week when he fell 10 feet and suffered injuries to both legs and scraped his face. He spent time in the emergency room and received 11 stitches to close a cut on his right leg. Despite the injury, Bayer


didn’t seem to pay much at- tention to it with his focus on winning being the biggest pain remedy. “I think this sport is more about the eyes,” said Bayer af-


Cheyenne Waldrop celebrates after fi nishing in second place at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships. July 2013 | USA Shooting News 33


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