USA Junior Trap Team Takes Silver!

Posted By on August 7, 2010

USA Junior Trap Team Takes Silver at the

World Shooting Championships in Munich, Germany 2010

BIMG_5857y: Katie McGinty (USA Shooting)

MUNICH, GERMANY– Yesterday’s Men’s Junior Trap was a high scoring and competitive event at the World Championships run by the International Sport Shooting Federation (ISSF, with a dramatic shoot-off for fourth place.

(Right: Matthew Gossett shows off his excellent form.)

The Men’s Junior Team of Matthew Gossett, Casey Wallace, and Morgan Harbison climbed the podium for a team silver medal. Individually, Harbison (Farmersville, Texas) finished 42nd with 107 total targets and Wallace (Castaic, La.) finished eighth with 116 total targets. Gossett (Springville, Ala.) was in a three-way tie for fourth place at 118 targets. This required a shoot-off to determine a clear winner.


(The junior trap team proudly displays their silver team medals with National Coach Bret Erickson.)

Facing Valero Grazini of Italy and Martin Dvorak of the Czech Republic, Gossett stepped up to the line after the Men’s Trap shoot-off where the first three contenders missed their targets. Leading the trio, Gossett nailed target after targets for ten straight birds. Finally, Dvorak fell after his ninth target and left Grazini and Gossett in a sudden-death showdown. With amazing nerves of steel and the same two-shuffle approach to settle into his shooting stance, Gossett banged away for sixteen straight targets! As Grazini brought his gun down from his sixteenth shot, Gossett fist pumped in victory at his competitor’s miss. Gossett said, I’m happy to be here at my first World Championships and pleased with my performance in fourth…I’m also very excited about our team’s silver medal.”

(Jake Turner ready to hit his flying clay bird.)

Jake Turner of Richland, Wash., has every reason to be proud of his first international final performance. Turner made the finals in the Men’s Trap event after a seven person shoot-off for only two slots–fifth and sixth. Tied at 121 targets, Turner watched as the first three shooters missed their chance to enter the finals. Shooting fourth, Turner stepped up to the line and cleanly broke his target. In a much shorter miss-out than the junior men, Turner and Spain’s Alberto Fernandez advanced to the final round after the second target. In a very low-scoring final, Turner (along with three other competitors) shot 18 targets; yet coming in one short, he couldn’t make up the deficit and remained in sixth place with a final score of 139 targets. Also finishing for the USA was Dominic Grazioli (San Antonio, Texas) and John Mullins (Port Orchard, Wash.), both at 118 targets.

In Men’s 10m Air Pistol, SFC Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) was the highest scoring American in a very difficult field. Szarenski shot for 578 points with 21 center hits. His teammates Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) and Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) finished 40th and 91st respectively.

Will Brown (Twins Falls, Idaho) was the highest placed American in the Junior Men’s 10m Air Pistol event. Brown finished in eleventh place with a total of 573 points and an impressive 20 center hits. Alexander Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Fl.) and Christopher Hudock (Raleigh, N.C.) finished 61st and 62nd respectively, with 552 and 551 points.

Finally, in Junior Women’s 25m Pistol, Resident Athlete Hannah Lewis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored 547 total points for 38th place. Lauren Brester (Bozeman, Mont.) finished with 524 points for 48th place and Taylor Gallegos (Prosper, Texas) shot for 478 points and 49th place.

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