Falcons Claim National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships
April 11, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - When the smoke settled at the Women's Air Rifle Final of the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) at the U.S. Olympic Shooting Center (USOSC) in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, April 10, a pair of Air Force Academy Falcons would claim two of the event's top-three prizes.
Air Force sophomore Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Ill.) showcased her mettle throughout the two-day 90-shot event and walked away with the championship title. Teammate Kevyn Stinett, a freshman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned the bronze medal just .3 shy of second place. The women's air rifle featured collegiate competitors from Air Force, Nebraska and Texas Christian University.
Carpentier shot a 396/400 to open up a five-point lead on second-place qualifiers and National Junior Team members Elizabeth Grantz from Illinois and Haylea Broughton from Oklahoma. Carpentier was the only one of three to survive the medal push of the other event finalists, as the second through fifth-place finishers would be determined by a mere .7 points in the end. At the Academy, Carpentier is a rising star in women's air rifle, she recently finished seventh overall at the 2013 NCAA Rifle National Championships and her Junior Olympic qualifying score of 399 is a world-class result in any competition. As an Air Force cadet, she's no stranger to uniform and the greater meaning behind it. As Carpentier was awarded her USA Shooting National Team Jacket, she commented on the significance of her accomplishment.
"That's a big deal. I'm used to representing the Air Force and everything, I get that all the time, 'Be on your best behavior wherever you go' when I'm representing the Air Force, but now I have a big old U S of A on my back and that's an even bigger deal," she said. "That means representing the whole country so that takes my whole self-image thing to a whole other level."
Bronze medalist Stinett shot a 102.7 in the finals to finish third with 887.7 overall points, just .3 shy of second-place finisher Sasha Perez (888.0), and finished with the same margin ahead of fourth-place finisher Elizabeth Grantz. Stinett is both the Colorado state champion and silver medalist in the 2013 State Junior Olympic Shooting Championships. She won the women's 50-meter 3-postion (3x2) championships match (563) and won the silver in the women's air rifle (387) in January at the USOSC. Stinett finished 19th in air rifle with 587 points at the NCAA Rifle Championships in March.
Women's 10m Air Rifle NJOSC Finalists (April 9-10)
Qualifying for the National competition begins at the state level as State Junior Olympic Championships included competition in 47 states utilizing 80 different USA Shooting clubs. The 2013 competition consisted of over 2,200 individual participants in rifle and pistol events. State champions and those who qualify via high scores are invited to Colorado Springs to compete in the NJSOC
The competition takes place over a three-week period with over 500 of the finest junior shooters in attendance. The top-two finishers in each event earn a spot on USA Shooting's National Junior Team. The 17-day event features shooting matches in Men's & Women's Pistol (Air/Sport) and Rifle (Air/Smallbore). The remaining schedule of competition is as follows:
Women's Rifle (April 9-12)
Men's Rifle (April 15-19)
Information courtesy of USA Shooting.