GUADALAJARA, Mexico (November 6, 2018)
In the lone medal event of the day at the Championship of the Americas (CAT) in Guadalajara, Mexico, the USA Shooting Team picked up another medal when Ashley Carroll (pictured left)and 17-year-old Grayson Davey (pictured right) won gold in the Trap Mixed Team event.
During Qualification, each member of the two-person mixed team shoots three rounds of 25 targets, with the combined scores of the two team members determining ranking for the Final in this newly-minted Olympic event. Davey (Anchorage, Alaska) only dropped one target today to finish Qualification with 74/75 hits and Carroll (Solvang, California) had 69 hits for the pair to enter the Final with the second-highest combined score.
Also qualifying for the Final was the other United States’ team of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) and Aeriel Skinner (Jackson, California), who earned their slot with the fourth-highest combined score of 141 (Eller with 71/75 hits and Skinner with 69).
“I was feeling a little cocky today and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t – today it just happened to be one of those times it worked!” said Davey, who also just missed a spot in the Final of the individual Men’s Trap event yesterday.
“I may not have been confident in myself, but I was confident in him,” Carroll said of her teammate. Carroll won bronze in the individual Women’s Trap event yesterday. “But things were really working for us at the end of the Final.”
Once in the Final, each athlete switches with his/her teammate after every five shots. Over 50 targets in the Final, Carroll/Davey set an Americas record with 46 hits, which also included a perfect score over the final