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JO 2014 National Junior Olympic Championships


USA Shooting’s Future In Good Hands Based on 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships Results


We have witnessed the


future, and in this instance, it looks pretty good. USA Shooting’s yearly glimpse at the shooting prospects that lie ahead concluded on Saturday, April 26 with the Men’s Three-Position Small- bore (.22 caliber) Rifl e event. Thirteen days of April shoot- ing competition brought to- gether over 360 competitors in men’s and women’s pistol and rifl e events. The excitement never


waned throughout those 13 days and the event con- cluded with a dramatic fi nal that saw the rapid-rising Tim Sherry (Highlands Ranch,


Colo.) overcome a large defi cit in the standing posi- tion to overtake Josh Martin (Hershey, Pa.). Sherry would need the win to overtake both David Higgins (Camp Pendleton, Calif.) and Lucas Kozeniesky (Raleigh, N.C.) for second-place overall. Mar- tin would fi nish second in the fi nal and sixth overall. Champions at this year’s


NJOSC were determined through a modifi ed selection format similar to that of USA Shooting’s National Cham- pionships: Competitors are awarded points each day based on their qualifying score with additional points


awarded for performance in the Final – Eight for fi rst, seven for second and so on. West Virginia’s Garrett


Spurgeon (Canton, Mo.) would gain some revenge on Sherry with a superlative qualifying score that put him 12 points ahead of his near- est competitor. Spurgeon fi nished second in the event to Sherry at the NCAA Rifl e Championships in March while helping lead WVU to its historic 16th NCAA team title. Spurgeon also picked up a second-place fi nish be- hind Sherry in the Air Rifl e event on Wednesday. He fi nished fourth in each fi -


nal, but proved throughout the week that his level of concentration in the gruel- ing qualifying rounds is un- matched. Sherry continues to im-


press in 2014 following the NCAA smallbore title he won in March shooting for the University of Alaska-


Garrett Spurgeon (left) and Tim Sherry (right) would exchange fi rst and second positions the fi nal week of the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships with Sherry winning the Men’s Air Rifl e event and Spurgeon winning the Men’s Three-Position Rifl e event.


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