MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University rifle student-athletes Maren Prediger
and Garrett Spurgeon
, along with Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond, shot for their home countries at the recent International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Munich World Cup, at the 1972 Olympic Shooting Range of Munich, in Munich.
Prediger, a rising junior from Petersaurach, Germany, shot in the women’s 10m air rifle minimum qualification score (MQS) competition on May 25 and finished third with a score of 417.7 (103.3, 104.7, 105.0, 104.7). Spurgeon, a rising sophomore and a native of Canton, Mo., shot 614.7 (101.9, 102.2, 103.7, 102.3, 103.0, 101.6) in the men’s 10m air rifle MQS competition, also on May 25, and finished ninth.
“This World Cup was a great experience for Maren and Garrett,” says Hammond. “Maren shot a score worthy of qualifying for the women’s final, though she couldn’t move on because she shot in the MQS match. This week was Garrett’s first experience representing Team USA at a World Cup, and he performed respectably. This experience will be beneficial for his future.”
A score at an MQS match is a requirement to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, set for August 16-28, in Nanjing, China.
Hammond, a two-time Olympian for Great Britain, also shot at the World Cup. The Aberdeen, Scotland, native placed 15th in the men’s 50m rifle prone on May 27, shooting 620.6 (103.5, 100.8, 104.9, 105.3, 101.9, 104.2). Prior to shooting in the qualification match, Hammond shot 621.5 (103.4, 103.9, 104.3, 104.0, 103.4, 102.5) in the event’s first elimination relay on May 26.
Hammond also competed in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions, shooting 1154 (385 kneeling, 397 prone, 372 standing) in the qualification match on May 29 and 1158 (386 kneeling, 398 prone, 374 standing) in the first elimination match on May 28.
The ISSF Granada World Cup will be held July 3-12.