COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 2, 2018)
The final athletes to be named to the USA Shooting Team for the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship later this summer earned their slots today as the Trap Mixed Team Tryout concluded at the International Shooting Park on Fort Carson.
After two long days of competition, the top-finishing team was Kayle Browning (Wooster, Arkansas) and Will Hinton (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Dacula, Georgia) with a 15-point advantage over second-place team, two-time Olympic bronze medalist Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska) and Qualification world-record holder Jake Wallace (Castaic, California).
Though Browning/Hinton were the top team overall, finishing with the top Qualification score both days as well as winning yesterday’s Final, they had never trained together prior to this match.
“Honestly, we didn’t really know each other before this match started,” Hinton, a past Junior National Champion, said. “We had mutual friends in the same group that knew she didn’t have a partner and I didn’t have a partner. We knew we were both good shots and we just went from there.”
“I just asked my dad ‘Who’d be a good partner?’ and he said Will Hinton,” Browning said. Her father, Tommy, suggested Hinton because he said Hinton “had raw talent and they’d make a good team.”
“We have the same shooting style, so it was easy for us to communicate on shooting,” Kayle Browning said.
Browning had already qualified for the World Championship in Changwon, South Korea in the Women’s Trap event.
For the other team heading to South Korea next month, Wallace had also already qualified for the individual Men’s Trap event and had known his teammate for years.
“I think for us it was pretty