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Rifl e/Pistol Spring Selection

By Kevin Neuendorf Director of Media & Public Relations

Seventeen Athletes Gain World Cup Status At Spring Selection Match

Seventeen athletes, in-

cluding 10 Olympians, quali- fi ed for two May World Cup events during the Spring Smallbore (.22 caliber) Se- lection Match for Rifl e and Pistol that concluded April 16 with Men’s and Women’s Three-Position Rifl e. The match, which took

place at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), was the second part of selection that began in early January for rifl e and for pistol in late February in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Below we recap each of

the six events contested and give you the World Cup se- lections.

Prone Rifl e The three Olympians

competing stood tall as Mi- chael McPhail (USAMU/ Darlington, Wisconsin), Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey) and Eric Upta- grafft (USAMU/Phenix City, Alabama) earned World Cup nomination for their per- formances.

McPhail was

a man on a mission on his way to earning the top spot, equaling or

breaking the

world record qualifying score in two of the four rounds he shot. His Day 2 qualifi cation score of 632.3 tied the world record. Collegiate shooter and 2015 NCAA Rifl e quali- fi er at Akron University Matt Chezem (Simi Valley, Califor- nia) fi nished fourth backed

Men’s Three-Position Rifl e Competition at the Spring Selection Match. Photo by: SFC Raymond Piper/ USAMU

by the sixth-best qualifying score (628.7) of the four to- tal matches.

Free Pistol Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) left little doubt throughout the four match- es, particularly in four quali- fying rounds where he put himself 23 points ahead of his nearest competition. He also won both fi nals during the February portion of se- lection. Olympian Nick Mow- rer (Butte, Montana) fi nished in second place overall and James Henderson (USAMU/ Midland, Georgia), backed by two fi nals wins this week on his home range at US- AMU, would fi nish in third.

Sport Pistol Olympian Sandra Upta-

grafft (Phenix City, Alabama) earned top honors. Enkele-

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jda Shehaj (Naples, Florida) fi nished in second while 2008 Olympian Brenda Silva (Snowfl ake, Arizona) moved into the third spot with a 573 on the second day of quali- fi cation and a second-place fi nish in the second fi nal.

Rapid Fire Pistol Standings from the

February Selection Match remained intact with two-time Olympian Keith S ander son( C olorado Springs, Colorado) exerting his prowess in the event with a 21-point advantage over second-place fi nisher and fi ve-time Olympian Emil Mi- lev (Temple Terrace, Florida). Sanderson had the top qual- ifying score and fi nished fi rst in the fi nals in three of the four matches. During Febru- ary qualifi cation, Sanderson recorded a 35/40 in the

fi nal, equaling the world-re- cord fi nals mark. The Rapid Fire fi nals require athletes to complete a fi ve-shot se- ries in four seconds and only shots 9.7 points or bet- ter are scored a “hit.” Brad Balsley (USAMU/Uniontown, Pennsylvania) fi nished third.

Three-Position Rifl e The three-time Olym-

pic medalist Emmons was the class of the fi eld in the Men’s Three-Position event, winning all four fi nals and shooting three out of the four best qualifying scores. New daddy George Norton (USAMU/Salina, Kansas) was on top of his game on his way to securing the sec- ond spot, shooting his sec- ond PSS-qualifying score of 1171 and fi nishing second to Emmons during the Fi- nals. Dempster Christenson

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