April 13, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Following the Women's Smallbore Final of the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) at the U.S. Olympic Shooting Center (USOSC) in Colorado Springs on Friday, April 12, Air Force Academy Falcons Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Ill.) and Kevyn Stinett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) both fell short of their goal to finish in the top eight in the women's smallbore competiton.
In Friday's women's smallbore (.22), Carpentier fired a 562/600 and 568/600 for an overall 1130. Stinett outscored her teammate with a nine-point margin, scoring a 570 and 569 to finish with an overall 1139. Deanna Binnie from Pennsylvania won the title with 1260.1 points.
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 competition begins Monday, April 15-16 with men's air rifle and continues April 17-19 with smallbore. Men's air rifle has a slew of competitors looking to take their place atop the podium including those prominent names mentioned above. Last year's champion Tyler Rico (Tucson, Ariz.), who competes for Air Force returns for the 2013 competition.
In the men's Three-Position Rifle competition, returning bronze medalist Timothy Sherry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) looks to add more medals to his collection in an event. There are a plethora of top returning athletes that are looking to upset Rico and Sherry.
The remaining schedule of competition is as follows: Men's Rifle (April 15-19)
April 15-16 - Air
April 17-19 - Smallbore (.22 caliber)
Kevyn Stinett 570 60 569 60 1139
Maredith Carpentier 562 60 568 60 1130
Information courtesy of USA Shooting.