COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (April 18, 2018)
Don’t be surprised if you see the medalists from the Women’s Air Rifle competition at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) on top of another podium soon as the trio posted world-class scores en route to their wins today at the Olympic Shooting Center.
They’ll have a chance to test this theory as the overall medalists not only won NJOSC medals and National Junior Team slots, but also the chance to represent the United States in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship August 31 – September 14 in Changwon, South Korea.
Everyone competing at the NJOSC had to earn the right to compete at this event - only 32 percent of Women’s Air Rifle athletes nationally earned invitations to this prestigious match. All competitors at this match either won their state championship or were selected based on a score they attained.
Picking up her second medal of the match and the only Junior Women’s Rifle athlete to qualify for the World Championship Team in two events was TCU freshman Elizabeth Marsh (Searcy, Arkansas, pictured top), who won gold in Women’s Air Rifle. She also won silver earlier this week in Three-Position Rifle.
On the first day of Qualification, Marsh posted a score of 624.7 – a world-class score at the Open level that would put her in virtually any international Final. Though she faltered slightly on the second day (619.7), the additional points she earned with her third-place finish in the Final were enough to secure her the gold. (Additional points were added to the two Qualification scores for placement in the Final: 4 for first, 3.5 for second, 3 for third and so on in .5-point increments.)
Taking the overall silver was