MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Current and future members of the West Virginia University rifle team achieved top finishes at the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, held April 16-26, at the Olympic Shooting Center, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mountaineer sophomore Garrett Spurgeon
continued his recent string of success, as the Canton, Mo., native earned two podium finishes, including the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions title on April 26. A National Rifle Association (NRA) First Team All-American, Spurgeon shot 1172 on the first day and 1150 on the second for a 2322 qualification score. He earned five points for his 425.7 showing in the final, putting his winning score at 2327.
Prior to his discipline victory, Spurgeon finished second in the men’s 10m air rifle on April 19, shooting 618.4 on the first day and 617.3 on the second for a qualification score of 1235.7. He was awarded five points for his 162 showing in the final, putting his total at 1240.7.
Redshirt-freshman Jean-Pierre Lucas
joined Spurgeon on the air rifle podium, as he finished third with a final score of 1235.2. The Speers, Pa., native shot 615.2 on day one and 616.0 on day two for a 1231.2 qualification score. He shot 141.2 in the final for four points. Lucas also placed ninth in the men’s 50m 3 positions with a two-day score of 2291 (1148, 1143).
Sophomore Patrick Sunderman
also shot in both competitions. The Farmington, Minn., native finished 18th in 3 positions with a score of 2270 (1122, 1148) and 20th in air rifle with a score of 1214.4 (606.1, 608.3).
Incoming Mountaineer Elizabeth Gratz scored two top-10 finishes, as she placed eighth in the women’s 50m 3 positions on April 19 and 10th in the women’s 10m air rifle on April 17. A Sigel, Ill., native, Gratz earned her finals spot in 3 positions with a qualification score of 1152 (573, 579). She tallied 384.4 in the final for one point, giving her a final score of 1153. Prior to that performance, she shot a two-day total of 819.4 (409.4, 410.0) in air rifle. Gratz signed her National Letter of Intent with WVU in December and will compete for the Mountaineers this fall.
Freshman Sydney Smith
joined Gratz on the line. The Wayne, W.Va., native finished 29th in 3 positions with a score of 1131 (565, 566) and 38th in air rifle with a score of 805.5 (398.9, 406.6).