MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three current members of the West Virginia University rifle team completed the first day of competition in the men’s 50m rifle prone event yesterday at the 2013 USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol, at the Shooting Range of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Ga.
Fresh off his victory in the junior men’s 50m rifle 3 positions, rising sophomore Garrett Spurgeon
led the trio with a 617.1 score, good enough for 26th place. Rising senior Chance Cover
shot 613.7 and sits in 37th place, while rising junior Thomas Kyanko
Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond was the top visitor shooter for the third straight day, as he shot 621.9. Hammond, not eligible to shoot in the discipline finals, owned the fourth-best relay score but sits in ninth place.
Former Mountaineer Eric Uptagrafft, a two-time Olympian for the United States, is leading after the first day with a 630.1 score. He shot a relay-best 624.1 in the qualification round and finished third in the final with a 183.5 score, giving him six additional points.
Also of note, 2010 WVU graduate Bryant Wallizer shot 615.3 and sits in 33rd place.
USA Shooting is utilizing new National Championship and U.S. Team selection procedures for the championships, and finals will be held for the Olympic events. New relays will be held each day, as well as a separate finals, and the national champion will be crowned on the basis of an aggregate of the two-day scores plus additional points for placing in each day’s final (eight points for first, seven points for second, six points for third and so on for all final positions).
Competition continues today, and the men’s 50m rifle prone champion will be crowned.