Jan. 25, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Several of the Academy's rifle team members competed in the Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (JOSC) conducted last weekend at the Olympic Training Center. On Jan. 19, 2013, Academy freshman Kevyn Stinett, (Doherty High School, Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the Colorado state championship in the JOSC for the women's 50-meter rifle three-position (3x20) scoring 563 points. She scored a prone 193, kneeling 183, and standing 187 in the match. Stinett also won the silver medal for women's air rifle firing a total round of 387 points. In four relays, she fired a 96, 97, 97 and 97. Stinett is expected to receive an automatic invite to the Nationals in April.
Other Academy shooters competing in this non-collegiate scoring event included freshman Tyler Rico (Tucson, Ariz.), who had a high score of 590 in the men's air rifle, he fired a 99, 98, 98, 100, 96 and 99. In the men's 50-meter rifle three-position (3x20), Rico finished third in prone with 192 points, kneeling 184 and standing 191 for 567 total points.
Also competing in the men's 50-meter rifle three-position (3x20), freshman David Higgins (Camp Pendleton, Calif.), sophomore Craig O'Daniel (Lebanon, Ky.) and Rico were the top-three finishers in the match. Higgins scored a total of 572 points with scores of prone 199, kneeling 183, and standing 190. Higgins also scored 580 points in the men's air rifle match (96, 94, 97, 97, 99, and 97). O'Daniel followed with a prone 196, kneeling 179 and standing 193 for a 568 total. In the men's air rifle match, O'Daniel had a total of 574 points firing (96, 96, 95, 98, 95, 94 and 94) in the relays.
Sophomore Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Ill.) was the high scorer in the women's air rifle with a 399. She fired three 100s and a 99. In the women's 50-meter rifle three-position (3x20), Carpentier was the top finisher with a 576 total (prone 198, kneeling 188, standing 190). Carpentier's 399 is a career-high for non-collegiate air rifle matches.
Scores from the Colorado state match will be "racked and stacked" against all other juniors who competed in other state matches, and the highest scoring competitors will be invited to the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships held at the OTC in April. Academy cadets that competed who are non-residents of Colorado could not compete for medals (including State Champion) which are awarded only to Colorado residents.
This weekend, the rifle team will be in Charleston, S.C., to compete against North Carolina State on Jan. 26 and The Citadel on Jan. 27. The team is now ranked eighth in the national coaches' poll.