Spurgeon Earns Gold in Junior Air Rifle

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • June 30, 2014 02:24 PM
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Garrett Spurgeon will shoot for the USA at September's ISSF World Championships.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  - West Virginia University junior Garrett Spurgeon concluded the 2014 USA Shooting National Championships in winning fashion, placing first in junior men’s 10m air rifle on June 28, at the Shooting Range of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Ga.
Spurgeon, a native of Canton, Mo., collected three junior medals at the championships, as he also won the junior men’s 50m 3 positions and finished second in the junior men’s 50m rifle prone.
Combined with his results shot at the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in April, Spurgeon has now qualified for the USA junior men’s team and will shoot 3 positions, prone and air rifle at the 51st International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain, Sept. 6-20.
Spurgeon narrowly edged Tim Sherry for the air rifle win, finishing with a two-day total of 1241.8; Sherry scored 1241.7. Spurgeon shot 616.2 in the first match and placed first in the day’s final with a score of 203.8, earning him eight additional points. He went on to shoot 616.6 on the second day and finished eighth in the final with a 78.1 score, earning him one additional point.
Classmate Patrick Sunderman finished fifth in the junior men’s air rifle with a two-day score of 1236.9. The Farmington, Minn., native shot 613.9 on day one and 615.0 on day two. He qualified for the final on both days, shooting 99.4 and 183.2 and finishing seventh and third, respectively, earning a combined eight extra points toward his final score.
Sophomore Jean-Pierre Lucas finished 10th in the junior men’s division with a two-day total of 1228.2. The Speers, Pa., native shot 619.0 on day one and 608.2 on day two. He earned one additional point with an eighth place, 78.9 finals finish on day one.
Spurgeon finished 12th in the open division, while Sunderman placed 19th and Lucas finished 24th.
Senior Meelis Kiisk shot 1234.8 (619.3, 616.6) and finished as the competition’s high visitor in ninth place. Classmate Thomas Kyanko shot 1228.9 (616.3, 612.6) and finished 20th.
Bryant Wallizer, a 2010 WVU graduate, finished fifth overall with a 1239.6 score. He shot 619.5 and 615.1, and he earned five additional points with a fourth place, 163.6 finals finish.
Incoming Mountaineer Elizabeth Gratz concluded the championships with an 1131 (566, 565) score in the women’s junior 3 positions, good enough for 18th place. Her mark put her at 30th in the open division.