Rifle team finished the year on a high note at the 2017 WAG U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – (Dec. 1-3) The Air Force rifle team finished the year on a high note, as two of its members brought home some precious metals from the 2017 Winter Airgun Championships (WAG), and one member set a new USA Shooting junior record.
Competing in the air rifle men’s junior championships, Ogden won the junior title and earned his first of two medals. On day 1, he qualified for the junior final match with a score of 627.1, and set the USA Shooting junior record at the same time.
In the air rifle men’s open championships, Ogden qualified for that event’s final match and scored a 142.3 to finish in seventh place.
Cap also qualified for the junior finals with his score of 621.9. In the finals match, he had a 223.1 and finished in third place. His qualification score (621.9) earned him a spot in the top eight of the men’s open final, where he had the second-highest score of 245.6.
The following day, the pair earned two more medals, as Cap, with a two-day match total of 1244.4 qualified for the junior finals. He scored a 247.5 and finished second overall. Ogden, who had a two-day match total of 1249.1 points, and also qualified for the junior finals, where he finished sixth with 162.2 points.
For the air rifle men’s open, the qualifying pair finished in the top four of the finals. Ogden, who by virtue of his two days of shooting, finished with a 1252.6 (+3.5) after scoring a 247.1 in the men’s open final match, won the 2017 WAG air rifle men’s championship title. Cap, who finished with a two-day match total of 1246.4 (+2.0) after scoring a 183.7 in the final, finished in fourth place.
Total medals earned: Ogden 2 gold, Cap 2 silver, 1 bronze.
In the women’s air rifle junior and open championships, four Falcon women competed in the events. Freshman Sarah Sawicki (East Brunswick, NJ), with a total match score for two days, finished 52nd among 141 competitors in the junior event with a total of 805.5 points. The score was good enough to rank her among the top 100 of the women’s open to finish in 82nd place. Freshman Bell Toney (Farmington, NM) finished 92nd in the juniors with a match total of 804.8, she was ranked 86th in the open. Freshman Mary Maystrovich (Nine Mile Falls, WA) finished 93rd in juniors with a score of 791.3, and was ranked 126th in the open.
The team’s highest finisher was junior Anna Weilbacher (Leona Valley, CA), who finished ranked 24th in the air rifle women’s championships. She had a two-day match total of 821.5 points in the air rifle women’s open.
With a two-day total 1221.9, Learn finished in 25th place after shooting a 611.0 in juniors, and 610.9 in the men’s open matches. Peterson finished 32nd with a 608.0 and 607.9 for a match total of 1215.9. Cox finished 47th overall with scores of 604.9 and 603.6 for a total of 1208.5 points.
About the WAG: The WAG served as part one of two in the selection process for the upcoming ISSF World Cups, Championships of the Americas (CAT Games) and the ISSF World Championships for the Open division (athletes over age 21). Selection points from this competition will carry over to the second part of Airgun selection at the Spring Selection Match, March 26-30, in Fort Benning, GA. Junior competitors for the ISSF World Championships will be decided at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship in Colorado Springs in April, according to USA Shooting.