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2016 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships


NJOSC 16: A Peek Into The Future


This year’s National Ju-


nior Olympic Shooting Cham- pionship (NJOSC) featured a little bit of everything with overall titles handed out to three 14-year-olds, a Wild- cat, a Horned Frog, a Buck- eye, a Black Knight, and a strong Olympic hopeful.


spective State Junior Olym- pic Championships. This year’s participants hailed from 48 different states and were whittled down from 2,435 total competitors at our state level.


a .5 margin of victory over the Air Force cadet. Shaner À QLVKHG VHFRQG LQ WKH )LQDO ZKLOH &DS À QLVKHG IRXUWK WR help move him ahead. Help- ing also push him to victory was the age-group National Record he set on day one of qualifying of 622.2. Cap


silver medalist Wynn Lekha- vanija (Ellicott City, Mary- land) and bronze medalist Ryan Habeck (Ft. Pierre, South Dakota). Scott Rock- ett (Cary, North Carolina) was the champion in the J3 (ages 14 and younger) divi- sion followed by Tyler Han- son (Waycross, Georgia) and Wesley Patton (Delta Junc- tion, Alaska). Army freshman Nathan Brewer (Walla Walla, Wash-


Will Shaner won gold in Men’s Air and Prone Rifl e, as well as silver in Men’s Three-Position Rifl e at this year’s NJOSC.


Across all age divisions, 25 different states were repre- sented on the medal stand. For 768 junior-aged ath-


letes who have chosen Shooting as their Olympic Sport, April’s National Junior Olympic Shooting Champion- ship (NJOSC) helped reveal a glimpse into USA Shooting’s future.


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for an invitation to the NJOSC with top scores in their re-


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earned National Junior Team status for his result. West 9LUJLQLD 8QLYHUVLW\ 5LÁ H 7HDP freshman Will Anti (Colorado 6SULQJV &RORUDGR À QLVKHG third overall. University of Nevada freshman Mitchell Van Patten (Nampa, Idaho) À QLVKHG À UVW LQ WKH )LQDOV WR À QLVK IRXUWK RYHUDOO Medalists in the J2 (ages


15-17) division included champion Casper Schadler (Vancouver, Washington),


ington) was dominant in the Three-Position event wrapping up the gold medal before the Final had even begun with the two best qualifying scores. He had an insurmountable 10-point advantage over Van Patten, but that didn’t stop him from coming from behind in the Final to seal it all with a nice win in the Finals as well. The Finals would decide second and third place overall. Van 3DWWHQ·V À IWK SODFH À QLVK LQ the Final would secure him a one-point advantage over Kentucky sophomore Billy Azzinaro (East Brunswick, New Jersey). 6KDQHU·V À IWK SODFH SHU


formance overall was good enough to earn him top hon-


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