TCU Dominates At USA Shooting Championships
June 11, 2013
FORT WORTH - Eight former or current TCU rifle team members competed at the USA National Championships in Fort Benning, Ga. this past weekend. Sarah Beard won two titles, while Sarah Scherer took home one title.
There were five current team members (Hannah Black, Kelly Bogart, Claudia Duksa, Catherine Green and Megan Lee) and three former Horned Frogs (Beard, Scherer and Erin Lorenzen) competing in three events (Women's Air Rifle, Women's 50 Meter Prone and Women's 50 Meter Three Position).
The championship was a team selection match for the upcoming World Cup in Granada, Spain (July 3-12). With their titles in hand, both Beard and Scherer were selected to compete in both Olympic events at the World Cup (women's air rifle and women's three position). The duo were also selected to the USA Shooting National Team.
This was the first championship to use the new decimal scoring for the air rifle and smallbore prone event, as well as utilizing the new finals concept where finalists start from zero and feature eliminations that end with the two best athletes competing for the gold and silver medals.
Seven of TCU's representatives took part in the 10m Air Rifle competition and five finished 11th or higher. Scherer took home the title for the third time in the last four years (2010 and 2012). She lapped the field by 12 points with a score of 851.0.
Beard came away with the bronze medal, finishing 0.2 points behind the silver medalist. She fired a two-day score of 839.4. Lorenzen (9th, 818.8) and Green (10th, 816.1) rounded out the top 10 finishers. Black finished 11th in the women's division, but earned the high collegiate honor after posting a two-day total of 815.1.
In the women's junior results, Black was the Frogs' top finisher in fourth place. Her two-day score of 820.1 was just 0.2 points behind the bronze medalist. Bogart earned a spot in the finals and wrapped up an eighth-place finish with a two-day total of 810.5.
Beard exerted her dominance in smallbore, winning both the 50m Prone and the 50m 3-P events. The 50m Prone championship was the first of her career, while the 50m 3-P championship was her second (2011).
Four Frogs competed in the 50m Prone championships. Along with Beard's title, the Frogs saw two others finish in the top 10. Beard claimed a 4.5 point victory over the silver medalist after firing a two-day score of 1248.0 Lorenzen missed the medal stand by 0.2 points for a fourth place finish, shooting a 1242.8. Duksa fired a 1229.4 to earn an eighth place finish. The score earned enabled her to win the B Class. Bogart fired a 1214.3 to finish 21st.
The Horned Frogs boasted five of the top 10 finishers in the 50m 3-P event. Beard's mark of 1182 paced the field. Scherer was three points behind Beard with a mark of 1179. Lorenzen finished sixth with a two-day score of 1158, while Black shot a 1148 to finish eighth. Black earned her second High Collegiate title of the weekend. Lee rounded out the top 10 with a score of 1145.
In the junior division, the Frogs had two of the top four finishers. Lee and Black tied with scores of 1148, so a tiebreaker using center shots was used to determine the bronze medalist. Lee tallied 45 center shots to Black's 42 to earn the bronze medal.