U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships smallbore finals (April 24-26) came to a close this past weekend. On Saturday, USA Shooting’s yearly championships concluded with the Men’s Three-Position Smallbore (.22 caliber) Rifle event. According to USA Shooting, 13 days of April shooting competition brought together over 360 competitors in men’s and women’s pistol and rifle events.
Air Force cadet David Higgins (San Clemente, Calif.) took third place after shooting a 2308 in the qualifiers. In the finals, Higgins scored a 109, the highest scoring of all the top eight qualifiers, which earned him six points for a total score of 2314 that landed him in third place in the men's three-position smallbore event.
According to USA Shooting, the excitement never waned throughout those 13 days and the event concluded with a dramatic final that saw the rapid-rising Tim Sherry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) overcome a large deficit in the standing position to overtake Josh Martin (Hershey, Pa.). Sherry would need the win to overtake both David Higgins (San Clemente, Calif.) and Lucas Kozeniesky (Raleigh, N.C.) for second-place overall. Martin would finish second in the finals and sixth overall.
In the qualifiers, Higgins' 2308 was a point higher than Sherry's. In the finals, Higgins scored the 109 and received six points (2314). However, Sherry had a 2307 with 93 points scored in the finals and earned eight points (2315). The championship went to Garrett Spurgeon (Canton, Mo.) with a final score of 2327.
Also competing in the smallbore were Air Force cadets Tyler Rico who finished in seventh place with a final total of 2299 points. Ryan Jacobs also competed and finished in eighth place with a total of 2299 points.
The National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships still aren’t over with competitors in the shotgun events still gunning at their state-level Junior Olympic events to potential qualify for their opportunity to compete in Colorado Springs this July. However, Air Force has no cadets competing in the shotgun events.
2014 National Jr. Olympic Championships (Smallbore)
David Higgins - 3rd (2314)
Tyler Rico - 7th (2299)
Ryan Jacobs - 8th (2294)