– West Virginia University junior Garrett Spurgeon
collected his second medal of the week yesterday at the 2014 USA Shooting National Championships, as he placed second in the junior men’s 50m rifle prone at the Shooting Range of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Ga.
The Canton, Mo., native earned his podium finish with a two-day total of 1237.1 (618.7, 618.4). The score placed him 10th overall. Spurgeon placed fifth in the junior division, 23rd overall, in 2013.
The top-three athletes in each discipline competition secure spots on the USA rifle and pistol teams for September’s International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championships, set for Granada, Spain. Spurgeon clinched his spot with this first-place finish in the junior men’s 50m 3 positions on Tuesday.
Senior Meelis Kiisk
earned the title of high visitor with a final score of 1236.4 (618.5, 617.9), good enough for 14th place overall. Classmate Thomas Kyanko
shot 1228.3 (615.8, 612.5) and finished 29th.
Junior Patrick Sunderman
placed 10th in the junior’s division, 27th overall, with a score of 1228.4 (612.9, 615.5), while sophomore Jean-Pierre Lucas
finished 20th in the junior division, 54th overall, with a score of 1214.3 (605.8, 608.5).
Former Mountaineer Eric Uptagrafft, a two-time Olympian, finished third overall with a score of 1248.6 (620.5, 620.1). Additionally, 2010 WVU graduate Bryant Wallizer finished 45th (1221.0), and recent graduate Chance Cover finished 50th (1218.6).
Of note, incoming freshman Elizabeth Gratz second in the women’s 50m rifle prone High A division with a two-day score of 1228.0 (611.8, 617.0). The total placed her 12th overall.
The championships conclude this weekend with the men’s 10m air rifle and the women’s 50m 3 positions.