MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University rising sophomore Garrett Spurgeon
finished second in the junior men’s 10m air rifle competition, 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.
The Canton, Mo., native earned his second junior-division medal of the week with a score of 1238.1. Spurgeon shot 616.7 on Friday and 613.4 on Saturday, advancing him to the junior finals, where he shot a field-best 206 score, earning him eight extra points.
Spurgeon placed sixth in the overall men’s division with a 1236.1 score. His 616.7 mark on Friday advanced him to the discipline final, and he finished third that day with a 184.9 mark, earning him six extra points. Spurgeon did not qualify for the final Saturday.
Spurgeon won the junior men’s 50m rifle 3 positions competition on June 4.
Rising junior Thomas Kyanko
finished 27th overall with a two-day score of 1215.6. The Wellsburg, W.Va., native shot 609.2 on Friday and 606.4 yesterday. Rising senior Chance Cover
finished with an aggregate total of 1201.9 (598.5, 603.4).
Former Mountaineer Bryan Wallizer, a 2010 WVU graduate, shot 1245.6 and finished third overall, earning him a spot on the United States World Cup Team. He shot 618.2 on Friday and finished fifth in the day’s final with a 141.0 score, earning him four extra points. Wallizer followed that up with a 617.4 score on Saturday and a third-place finish in the final with a 183 mark, earning him six extra points.
USA Shooting utilized National Championship and U.S. Team selection procedures for the championships, and finals were held for the Olympic events. New relays were held each day, as well as a separate finals, and the national champion was 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).