Colorado Springs, CO – The leaders have emerged from the first part of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun at the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) South Marksmanship Center in Anniston, Ala. The scores from the first part will be combined with those of the second part, which will be held the CMP’s North Marksmanship Center in Camp Perry, Ohio from Feb. 23-26. Olympic Team selection will be based on the aggregate of four courses of fire and two best finals.
Sergeant First Class Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) broke a USA Shooting (USAS) National Record in Men’s 10m Air Pistol qualification. Szarenski shot an impressive 590 out of a possible 600 match points in the first day of qualification. The former record, 589 points set by Reuben Hafter, has been in place since 1990. Szarenski continued to excel with the highest final of 101.8 points in the first match day for another new national record (with finals) of 691.8 total points. After two days of shooting, he leads the field by over 18 points with an aggregate score of 1275.8 points. Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) finished with 1257.5 points (including his best final of 100.5 points). Will Brown (Twins Falls, Ida.) is tailing Turner by just six-tenths of a point at 1256.9 points.
In Men’s 10m Air Rifle, Corporal Matt Rawlings (Wharton, Texas) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) fired 595 match points in the second day for an aggregate total of 1297.2 points. Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) is less than two points behind with 596 match points for 1295.6 points overall. Jonathan Hall (Carrollton, Ga.) is keeping chase with 1293.3 aggregate points.
Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass.) and Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn.) are deadlocked at 898 aggregate points in Women’s 10m Air Rifle. Oddly enough in a game of tenths, both scored a best final of 104 points. Jamie Gray (Lebanon, Pa.) is in third place with 896.2 aggregate points. Gray fired 397 points the second match day to stay in the race at only 1.8 points behind.
In Women’s 10m Air Pistol, Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) is ahead of the competition with 859.5 aggregate points, nearly twenty points ahead of the competition. Darian Shenk (Annville, Pa.) is in the second position with 839.6 aggregate points. Kylie Gagnon (Bozeman, Mont.) jumped up a few places for an aggregate of 836.2 points.
USA Shooting would like to thank the CMP South for the use of their facilities and our tireless volunteers for another successful event. The athletes will continue their quest for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at the second part of the U.S Olympic Trials in Camp Perry, Ohio, Feb. 23-26. Until then, follow your favorite athletes as they chase their Olympic dreams with updates on USA Shooting’s Facebook page and website. For final results, please visit the CMP website.
Spectators are welcome to attend and cheer on future Olympians. For live results and more information on the CMP South Marksmanship Center, please visit the CMP website. For updates and daily recaps, please visit www.usashooting.org.