Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.), the 2008 Men’s Skeet gold medalist, is the leader after the first leg of the U.S. Olympic Trials for Shotgun. Hancock surged ahead with 246 match targets and created room between himself and the competition. BJ Blanchard (Vidor, Texas) is three targets behind with 243 match targets. Junior shooter Jon Michael McGrath (Tulsa, Okla.) and veteran Mark Weeks (Columbus, Ga.) are in third place tied at 241 targets. Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) shot 240 match targets followed by Shawn Dulohery (Foristell, Ga.) with 239 targets.

In Women’s Skeet, young Morgan Craft (Hughesville, Pa.) has a one target lead over Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) with 234 targets. Drozd shot 233 targets to keep the pressure on Craft heading into the second round of U.S. Olympic Trials in the spring of 2012. Ali Chiang (Redwood City, Calif.) is in third place with 232 match targets. Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.) is right behind her with 230 match targets. Jaiden Grinnell (Port Angeles, Wash.) and Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colo.) round out the top six competitors with 225 and 221 targets respectively.

Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas), the 2008 Men’s Double Trap Olympic gold medalist, emerged as the front runner from the Fall Selection/U.S. Olympic Trials for Shotgun match today. In the first 300 targets of the Trials, Eller nailed 275 targets despite windy conditions the first day. Billy Crawford (Johnstown, Ohio) finished four targets behind Eller with 271 targets. Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) shot 270 targets for third place and Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio) was one down with 269 targets. Kelcey Depatis (Donovan, Ill.) broke 256 targets for fifth place and Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) shot 252 targets. With the top three shooters within five targets of each other, and the top six separated by only 23 targets, the Spring Selection match for the U.S. Olympic Trials for shotgun will bring fierce competition.

For complete scores and rankings, please visit the iclays Skeet results or iclays Double Trap results; however, please note that scores from the final round (if applicable) do not count toward U.S. Olympic Selection. The score used for selection to the U.S. Olympic Team only includes the match score. For more information, check out www.usashooting.org.

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