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Day 2 with a 415.4. Marsh reaffi rmed her spot on the National Junior Team with the win, while Travis earns a fi rst-time appointment on USA Shooting’s National Junior Team for her efforts. NCAA Rifl e champ and Ne- braska Cornhusker Rachel Martin (Peralta, New Mexi- co) fi nished third. Air rifl e medalists in the


J2 category included gold medalist Grace Taschuk (Andover, Minneapolis), sil- ver medalist Kayla Gade- ken (Seward, Nebraska) with Lutz third. Medalists in the J3 category included Zaun and McGhin followed by bronze medalist Noelle Meals (Paducah, Kentucky). Three-position medalists


in the J2 category included gold medalist Morgan Phil- lips (Salisbury, Maryland), Lutz in second followed by Cassidy Fairman (Indiana, Pennsylvania) in third. After Zaun and McGhin, Raquel Coburn (Salem, Oregon) was the bronze medalist in the J3 category.


Men’s Sport Pistol Finals


Men’s and Women’s Pistol


National Junior Team


members Lydia Paterson and Wyatt Brown showcased their pistol skills with domi- nant victories to conclude the pistol portion of NJOSC. Paterson (Kansas City,


Kansas) claimed her second straight NJOSC title high- lighted by the National Junior record score she recorded during her fi rst qualifi cation match. The 388 out of 400 breaks the previous mark of 386 shot by Rebecca Snyder back in 1995. Snyder also


holds the National mark as well at 390, set in 2006. Paterson’s score is the best Women’s Air Pistol score shot by American since San- dra Uptagrafft’s 387 at the 2012 USA Shooting National Championships. Paterson, 18, graduated


Piper High School on May 14. She acknowledged that the hardest part about ob- taining that score was trying to remain composed when the 10s kept fl ashing up. “When you’re shooting a lot of 10s you just have to stay focused and try to remain calm,” she said. One of the youngest Na-


tional Team members in the history of USA Shooting when she made the team as a 16-year-old, Paterson talked about her love of the sport following the award ceremony. “As long as you put in the work, you see the results.


Athletes from the Bridge Shooting Club in California cheer on their teammates during the Men’s Sport Pistol competition.


There are no outside factors that can really hinder you from performing. As long as you are training and put in the hard work, eventually that’s going to show. It might not be right away but eventu- ally you’re going to see those scores and train more and become better.” Finishing second to Pat-


erson was local girl Carson Saabye (Larkspur, Colorado), who is another great youth shooting success story in the making. Just 13 years of age, Saabye is now a Nation- al Junior Team member and almost made the podium in Sport Pistol, fi nishing one point behind Paterson in fourth. Bronze medalist hon- ors went to National Junior Team member Kellie Foster (Rockdale, Texas), who also claimed a silver medal dur- ing Sport Pistol competition. Age-group distinction for


J2 (15-17 years of age) in- cluded gold medalist and now Junior Olympic Squad member Keli Manegdeg (Colorado Springs, Colora- do) along with silver medal- ist Yulong Jones (German- town, Maryland) and bronze medalist Catherine Yim (Los


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