COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (February 26, 2019)
The stakes are high for the nation’s top shotgun competitors descending upon the warm-weather climate of Tucson, Arizona for USA Shooting’s Shotgun Spring Selection Match as Pan American Games, World Championship and World Cup selection spots are all on the line. Competition begins Thursday in Men’s and Women’s trap.
Eager to avoid the harsh winter training that many athletes endured in preparation for this match, mother nature had a different idea in Tucson where those early arrivals were greeted with a rare desert snowstorm late last week. But normalcy has returned, and the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club will be a welcome spring oasis for competitors with temperatures in the mid-70s expected throughout most of the 10-day competition.
When we last checked in on the trap team, Kayle Browning (Wooster, Arkansas) was atop the podium with an Olympic quota secured while winning the final competitive event of a busy 2018 at the Championship of the Americas on November 5. Ashley Carroll (Solvang, California) joined Browning on the podium in third while Aeriel Skinner (Jackson, California) was fourth. On the men’s side, Glenn Eller (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Houston, Texas) earned a bronze medal. Carroll and Grayson Davey (Anchorage, Alaska) would team-up one day later for a Mixed Team Trap gold medal.
These five above are just some of the athletes to watch in Tucson combined with those standing on the podium during USA Shooting National Championships last October. On the men’s side that includes reigning national champion Caleb Lindsey (Spring Hill, Tennessee), silver medalist Roe Reynolds (Quitman, Arkansas) and bronze medalist Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, California). Other names that could contend include Alex Rennert