May 27, 2014
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - (May 27, 2014) The Air Force rifle team had another successful season as it kicked-off its first season in the Patriot Rifle Conference (PRC). The team finished the season with a 10-6 season record and a second place finish in the PRC with a 6-3 mark. Record highlights included the Nebraska meet on Jan. 26, when the team set a smallbore rifle record (2332). Another record was set with the smallbore and air rifle final match score of 4671 against Nebraska. During the 2013 President's Trophy Match against Army, Navy and Coast Guard, Air Force finished in second place with 4649 points. During the season, several cadets scored career highs to include Meredith Carpentier, the team's highest shooter, who finished with a 587 in smallbore and 595 in air rifle; her cumulative score was 1267.5 for the season. At the 2013 USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championships, Carpentier earned five medals in the women's and junior's and had the highest collegiate score (1239) in the 10m air rifle women's championships.
Several other team members competed in the Winter Air Gun Championships. Kevyn Stinett earned two medals for her third place and second place finishes in the junior's championship matches, she was the fifth- place finisher in the women's championship. David Higgins qualified for the World Cup in Spain (September 2014) after finishing third in the prone at the Spring Selection Match in Ft. Benning, Ga., in May. Air Force Head Coach Launi Meiliwas selected to lead the Junior Rifle team at the first ISSF Junior Cups in Suhl, Germany, May 26-June 1. Carpentier received the Air Force's Most Valuable Cadet in Marksmanship Award.
Carpentier named Rifle MVP: Junior Meredith Carpentierwas named the Air Force rifle MVP for 2013-14. Carpentier achieved career highs in the smallbore (587) and air rifle (595) and an overall aggregate score of 1267.5 points. She competed for Air Force both nationally and internationally. She earned three gold and two bronze medals in December during the Winter Airgun Championships, qualifying her for the Munich Championships. She earned the highest score in the women's collegiate air rifle match. In Munich, she was the USA's top female competitor in the 2014 Bavarian Airgun Championships, finishing 26th among 87 international competitors. Her record for the season earned her the 2014 NRA Collegiate All-American Rifle, first and second team honors.
Juniors Set to Compete in Inaugural Junior World Cup in Germany:(USA Shooting - May 23, 2014) - The International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) announced the inauguration of ISSF Junior Cups, a new Championship series featuring competitions for junior athletes in Olympic and Youth Olympic events. They are open to all junior competitors who are age 20 or younger during the competition year. The first all -discipline event (rifle, pistol and shotgun) will take place in Suhl, Germany May 26 - June 1.
Twenty five U.S. athletes and four staff will make their way to the inaugural Junior Cup Championship. Shotgun athletes were selected as the World Championship Junior Team at the Spring Selection Match back in March. The Rifle/Pistol team for the World Championship and remaining World Cups was named following the Selection Match in Fort Benning, Ga., that just finished yesterday and thus the Junior Team for this World Cup was selected by the coach. The shotgun team will be led by 2013 USA Shooting Coach of the Year Mike Simpson. Assistant National Team Pistol coach In Kim will lead the Pistol squad and 1992 Olympic gold medalist and Air Force head coach Launi Meili will lead the Rifle team.