SKEET NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP

Sam Simonton (Gainesville, Georgia) put the finishing touches on a great week of Skeet by winning the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship (NJOSC) title to go along with her National Junior title and sixth-place finish in the Open category.  Simonton left little doubt with a Qualification score of 121/125, three better than any other competitor, and then shooting a dominant Final, connecting on 57 of the 60 targets to easily outpace Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan). Jacob was third in the Open Final at Nationals that took place Wednesday.  The other Jacob sibling, Jacenta, earned a second consecutive third-place showing at NJOSC after finishing second to Simon during Nationals.

Earning a J2 (15-17 years of age) gold medal was Jessi Griffin (Jasper, Georgia) with Molli DiMaggio (Roseville, California) earning silver and Eden Samson (Wasilla, Alaska) taking the bronze.

It would take a shoot-off in the Final to decide the Men’s Junior Olympic title with Alexander Ahlin(Bamberg, South Carolina) and Eli Ellis (College Station, Texas) squaring off after tying with 53 targets apiece in an extremely tight Final. Ahlin would win the shoot-off, 4-3. Connor Prince (Burleson, Texas) would earn the bronze.  None of the junior medalists would make the podium at NJOSC, but Junior Champion Anthony Nomina (Berthoud, Colorado) made the Final but would be the first eliminated in sixth. Second-place finisher from Nationals, David Garza (Benavides, Texas), would finish seventh after falling in a shoot-off to make the Final with Nomina and eventual fourth-place finisher Christopher Freeman (Rockford, Michigan).

Lazaro Puertas (Hialeah, Florida), the junior bronze medalist from Nationals, would have to settle for being the top finisher in the J2 category this time out.  Blake Sanford (Cicero, Indiana) earned the silver medal while Joshua Corbin (Reedsburg, Wisconsin) took the bronze.  In the J3 category (14 years and younger), Benjamin Keller (Johnstown, Colorado) would earn the top spot on the podium after finishing fifth overall. John Cantu (Victoria, Texas) would grab the silver medal while Aidin Burns(Kerrville, Texas) earned the bronze.

NJOSC wraps up 19 consecutive days of shotgun competition at International Shooting Park with USA Shooting’s National Championships and the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships.

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