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USA Shooting Team Update: Busy Times and Bronze Medals [PICS]


The USA shooting team has a solid spring representing America at the highest level.

The USA Shooting Team had a great end of the month in April. This time of year is a busy one for the elite shooters with several of the major competitions occurring around the same time.

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) hosted the shotgun World Cup in Cyprus at the end of April into the beginning on May. The Americans came out strong.

21-year-old Morgan Craft from Pennsylvania won a tough fight to secure the bronze in skeet competition. After three qualification rounds, six competitors were tied at 71 targets forcing a shoot-off. Craft made it through the semifinal and was then forced again into a shoot-off. After beating Russian and Thai shooters, Craft secured her bronze with just one miss in her final round. Craft's bronze in Cyprus marks the first World Cup medal of her career.

Alaskan Corey Cogdell, 28, also had a strong showing in Cyprus narrowly missing the podium in the trap competition with a 6th place finish. On the men's side, 24-year-old Casey Wallace also narrowly missed the podium in trap with a 5th place finish.

Paralympic athlete Mike Tagliapietra from Wisconsin earned a bronze in P3 25m sport pistol at the International Shooting Competition of Hanover (ISCH) in Germany last week. Tagliapietra was up against 35 of the world's best and just missed the gold and silver medals, losing to a pair of Chinese athletes.

Airgun World Cup spots have been solidified for USA Shooting with top-notch shooters duking it out at the selection match in Alabama last month. Highlights include a new women's national record score (419.8) shot by Kentuckian Amy Sowash and a notably high men's score of 626.9 shot by Brandon Muske of Brenham, Texas. The selected athletes will compete at the World Cup USA in Fort Benning, Georgia in mid-May and at the World Cup in Munich, Germany at the end of May - beginning of June. Full airgun selection results can be viewed here.

Finally, the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) have just concluded at USA shooting's national headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over 500 talented 10- to 20-year-olds from all over the country competed in this incredible event.

Highlights are many but include a record-breaking score in air pistol by 18-year-old Kansas shooter Lydia Paterson. Paterson broke the record held since 1995 with a score of 388. Paterson went on to win the event. Finishing 4th in the event was 13-year-old shooter Carson Saabye. Saabye is now a National Junior Team member and has a promising career ahead of her. Full details and results of the NJOSC can be viewed here.

Way to shoot, USA!

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USA Shooting Team Update: Busy Times and Bronze Medals [PICS]