Frogs Compete at World Championship Tryouts
May 15, 2014
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Two current Rifle team members, along with three former and one incoming team members are competing in Fort Benning, Ga. at the World Championship tryouts for a spot on the team that will compete in Granada, Spain.
The tryout is a three-day event with a 40-shot match each day. The top eight each day qualify to shoot a final which is an additional 20 shots using decimal scoring. In the selection match, the finalists each day receive additional points based on their finish in the final. The top three finishers with the most points at conclusion of three qualification matches and the three finals will be named to World Championship team slated to be held in September, 2014.
At the conclusion the three-day event, Beard and Scherer earned a spot on the World Championship squad. Lorenzen had already qualified earlier for the World Championship team in the women's 300-meter events. Beard was the top finisher, firing a three-day score of 1,256.8. Scherer was the third qualifier with a three-day total of 1,253.8. Incoming freshman, Miles, finished just outside of the top three in fourth place with a three-day score of 1,251.8.
On day one, four of the top eight finalists had TCU ties. Scherer led going into final after shooting a 415.2 in the qualifier. She fired a 100.4 in the final to finish fifth. Beard fired a 411.4 in the qualifier but turned in the second-best final score of 203.0 to move into second with an overall total of 418.4.
Miles also qualified for the finals, shooting a 411.3 in the qualifier and a 119.3 in the finals to finish seventh, just ahead of Black's eight-place finish with a 412.6. Lorenzen rounded out the top 10 after shooting a 411.1, narrowly missing a spot in the finals.
Day two of the competition produced similar results as TCU had four of the top eight finishers. Beard was 0.1 behind day's leader going into final after shooting a 415.6. Scherer finished fifth (414.0) just ahead of Lorenzen (413.8) and Miles (413.5). At conclusion of day two, Scherer was fourth in the standings just ahead of Beard in 5th place.
On day three, TCU produced three of the top eight finalists led by a strong day on the line from Miles who finished second after shooting a 414.0.
Entering last 20 shots to determine team, the standings were saw Alaska's Sagen Maddalena in first followed by Kentucky's Sonya May and Schrerer in third. Beard sat fourth and Miles in sixth. Beard won the last final to move into first place for the competition, while Scherer finished fourth in final to hold onto third place for 3 days and make the WC team.
Miles fired a personal best final to finish just behind Beard and move into a tie for fourth overall for with May. To break the tie, Miles and May fired a 20 shot shoot-off with Miles finishing 0.3 ahead of May (207.1 to 206.8) to win the tie-breaker and 4th place.
The smallbore competition gets underway Thursday and will follow a similar pattern to the air rifle competition.