2009 Winter Air Gun Championships Conclude
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado –-(AmmoLand.com)- The 2009 Winter Airgun Championships came to a close at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs today with Matt Emmons, Jason Turner, Sarah Beard and Sandra Uptagrafft claiming the top spots on day three of the competition.
Two-time Olympic medalist Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey) was three for three at the Winter Airgun Championships, winning the Men’s Air Rife title all three days of the match. Emmons shot a near perfect qualification score of 599 out of 600 points today, followed by a final of 102.5 to end in first place with 701.5 total points. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) member Matt Rawlings (Phenix City, Alabama) finished in second place with 700.6 points and Jonathan Hall (Carrollton, Georgia) took the third spot with 700.3 points.
For the junior men, Dustin Chesebro (Laramie, Wyoming) of the University of Alaska Fairbanks took home the title with 698.3 total points after shooting an outstanding final score of 104.3. West Virginia University’s Michael Kulbacki (DuBois, Pennsylvania) finished in second place with 694.5, while Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), a member of the University of Nevada’s rifle team, earned third place with 692.8 points.
In Men’s Pistol, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jason Turner (Rochester, New York) entered the final in first place with a match score of 580. Turner shot 99.7 points in the final and kept his lead to finish in first place overall with 679.7 points. Brian Beaman (Selby, South Dakota), a 2008 Olympian, finished the match right behind Turner in second place overall for the third consecutive day with a total score of 679.5 points. USAMU member Greg Markowski (Addison, Texas) landed on the podium in third place with 673.3 points. Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) captured his third Junior Men’s Pistol title of the match today when he finished in first place easily with 663.2 points. Blake Reburn (Kensington, Maryland) took second with 646.4, while Jacob Hall (Carrollton, Georgia) finished in third place with 634.7.
In a very close match in the Women’s Air Rifle event, Texas Christian University’s Beard (Danville, Indiana) pulled out the win after shooting a near perfect qualificaiton score of 399 points, an excellent final of 104.1 for an overall score of 503.1 points. Two-time Olympian Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Connecticut) also shot a match score of 399, a final of 103.2 and finished in second place with 502.2 total points. Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pennsylvania), a 2008 Olympian, shot a perfect match score of 400 points today and ended up right behind Caruso in third place after shooting 102.1 points in the final for a total of 502.1 points.
Sarah Scherer (Fort Worth, Texas) took first place for the junior women for the third consecutive day, firing a 399 qualification score and 104.2 in the final for a total of 503.2 points. Beard grabbed second place for the junior women with 501.4 total points, while Emily Quiner (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota) earned third place with 496.3 points.
Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) earned the top spot in Women’s Pistol again today after shooting a match score of 380, a final of 96.5 for an overall score of 476.5 points. Teresa Meyer (Dearborn, Michigan) finished in second place for the second day in a row with a total score of 470.1. Courtney Anthony (Lexington, Nebraska) grabbed third place for the third consecutive day with 466.7 points. Hannah Lewis (Colorado Springs, Colorado) earned the top spot for the junior women with 470.5 total points. Starlin Shi (Potomac, Md.) finished second with 450.4 and Kathryn Kananen (Florissant, Colorado) took third place with 448.7.
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