Invitees named for Junior Olympic Shooting Championships

There are few things that mean more to youth across America participating in shooting sports than the opportunity to compete in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC). And today (Thursday, Feb. 23), Junior Olympic invitations were sent to 759 athletes representing 49 states.

The selections by USA Shooting came after championship competition at the state level that totaled 2,568 competitors. The NJOSC will feature the top 30 percent of all competitors in 2017 and will feature invitees that either won their state championship or were selected based on a score they attained. The competitors range in age from 10 to 20 and are classified according to age as J1 (ages 18-20), J2 (ages 15-17) or J3 (ages 14 and younger).

Top scoring qualifiers in each of the eight contested disciplines include five current National Junior Team members. Top qualifiers included National Junior Team member Emily Stith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in Women’s Air Rifle with a score of 397; National Junior Team member Elizabeth Marsh (Searcy, Ark.) in Women’s Smallbore (.22 caliber) Rifle with a score of 584; Yulong Jones (Germantown, Md.) in Women’s Air Pistol with a score of 370; National Junior Team member Sarah Choe (Los Angeles) in Women’s Sport Pistol with a score of 572; National Junior Team member Spencer Cap (Cranbury, N.J.) in Men’s Air Rifle with a score of 595; Trace Haynes (Hazlehurst, Ga.), Elijah Larimer (Arvada, Yolo.) and Peter Fiori, Jr. (Lebanon, N.J.) in Men’s Smallbore Rifle with identical scores of 583; National Junior Team member Antonio Gross (Ontario, N.Y.) in Men’s Air Pistol with a score of 560; and Tony Chung (Diamond Bar, Calif.) in Men’s Sport Pistol with a score of 570.

Reigning Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher (Springfield, Va.) will participate in her last year before aging out of Junior Olympic eligibility.

Bolstered by a tremendous showing of National Training Center (NTC) Junior Club with 32 total invites for 26 athletes, the Centennial State of Colorado gets state bragging rights with 56 invitees, followed by Pennsylvania (53) and Texas (50). A pair of 10-year-old female shooters earn the distinction as the youngest participants in the field with Abigail Donald (Missoula, Mont.) set to compete in Air Rifle and Annabell Yi (Diamond Bar, Calif.) awarded an invite in Air Pistol. They are among a group of 55 invites awarded to J3 athletes (14 years and younger).

— Hunting Life News

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