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Shotgun Spring Selection

Selecting A World Championships Team At Shotgun Spring Selection

March Madness took on

a double entendre for the nation’s best shotgun shoot- ers who, like college basket- ball’s top teams, were anx- ious to fulfi ll their destiny. In Tucson, however, the hope- fuls were vying to be named as a member of the 2014 USA Shooting Team that will compete at this year’s World Championships. There were a few up-

sets and plenty of drama at this year’s Spring Selec- tion Match, but in the end, there’s nothing subjective about earning your way onto this team. You shoot, you score. For 30 athletes, they did just that amid tough, variable conditions at the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center in Kerrville, Texas, March 13-23. The Olympic Training Center site played host to two qualifying and fi nal sessions; the second stage in a two-part quali- fi er that began in Fall 2013 at the Fall Selection Match.

Selection was on the line for the World Championships, the Championship of Ameri- cas (CAT), as well as select teams for the remaining ISSF World Cups in Almaty, Kazakhstan (May 16–25), Munich, Germany (June 4-14) and Beijing, China (July 1-10). The ISSF World Championships will take place in Granada, Spain September 6-20. In Men’s Double Trap, the

three Open Division World Championship positions all went to U.S. Army Marks- manship Unit teammates Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas), Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Ca- lif.) and Josh Richmond (Hills- grove, Pa.). The trio earned the top-three positions over the two-day, 300-target course of fi re at this match and were also leading in the selection points from the Fall Selection Match in Tuc- son, Ariz. late last year. All three also qualifi ed for the Finals each day to earn ad-

ditional selection points. World Junior Champion

Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) along with Dale Royer (Jackson, Mont.) and Christian Wilkoski (Centerburg, Ohio) will com- pete as Juniors. Rupert and Wilkoski were teammates on the Junior Double Trap team that took the team gold medal at the World Clay Target Championships in Lima, Peru last year. Heading to World Cham- pionships for Men’s Skeet will be Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas) and Olympians Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) and Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.).

On the Junior Men’s

Skeet side, Fall Selection winner Luis “Taz” Gloria (Tuc- son, Ariz.) will be joined by Christian Elliott (Greenwood, Ind.) and Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas). Gloria and Jungman were teammates on the Junior Men’s Skeet team that won a bronze medal at the World Clay Tar- get Championships in Lima, Peru.

The Women’s Skeet Open

Division team will be repre- sented by Olympic gold med- alist Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.), Brandy Drozd (Bryan

Men’s World Championship Trap Team as selected at the Spring Selection match.

Texas) and Haley Dunn (Ed- dyville, Iowa). The trio en- tered this match leading in selection points from Fall Selection. The U.S. will be represent-

ed in Junior Women’s Skeet by Junior World silver medal- ist Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Fla.), Hannah Houston (Columbia, Tenn.) and Sydney Carson (North Liberty, Ind.). In Men’s Trap, the top-

two places held true to form from Fall Selection with U.S. Army Marksmanship shoot- ers Ryan Hadden (USAMU/ Pendleton, Ore.) and Seth Inman(USAMU/Indepen- dence, Mo.) exerting their shooting prowess. One of the bigger per-

formances in Kerrville was put down by Jake Wallace (Castaic, Calif.), who jumped two spots to earn his berth to Granada. The three Men’s Trap World Champs repre- sentatives were the only three athletes to make all three selection fi nals. Had- den fi nished fi rst, third and fourth in those fi nals. Inman was fi fth in all three while Wallace fi nished fi rst, sec- ond and fourth. Ryne Barfi eld (Poulan, Ga.)

was in a tie for 13th posi- tion after Tucson. Now, he’s headed to Granada after a performance that included a fi rst- and fi fth-place fi n- ish in each of the two fi nals as well as the second-best combined qualifying score in

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