COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 22, 2019)
More than 130 Rifle and Pistol athletes are heading to Fort Benning, Georgia to compete in the USA Shooting Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match beginning Monday and running through March 30 at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.
This match will select the competitors eligible to compete at the upcoming International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cups in Beijing, China and Munich, Germany; as well as for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru later this summer. For Paralympic athletes, this match is part of the selection process for the World Shooting Para Sport (WSPS) World Cup in Osijek, Croatia and the Parapan American Games, also in Lima this summer. This year’s Parapan American Games will be the first time in which shooting will be contested.
Just returned from the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, India, expect strong performances from Tim Sherry (Highlands, Ranch, Colorado/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, pictured), who just missed out on Finals spots in Men’s Air and Three-Position Rifle. Two-time Olympian and World Championship bronze medalist Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisconsin/USAMU) often shines on his home range, so look for him to challenge for a spot at these upcoming events. Athletes fresh off the NCAA Rifle Championship will also return to international competition with Air Rifle National Champion Elizabeth Marsh (Searcy, Arkansas) and Smallbore second-place finisher Angeline Henry (Fort Worth, Texas) of TCU among those looking to earn competition slots. For Air Rifle only, results from the 2018 Winter Airgun Championships will also be used in the selection process. Look for strong finishes from Air Rifle stalwarts Ali Weisz (Belgrade, Montana), Mindy Miles (Weatherford, Texas) and 2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky (Fairfax, Virginia).