Youth shooters eye Junior Olympics

Outstanding performances at the shooting line vaulted several youthful competitors to national qualifying events for the U.S. Junior Olympic team. A total of eight automatic qualifying berths were awarded due to scores shot at the North Dakota Junior Olympic State Championship held at the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club Indoor Range Jan. 18-19.

“Many states will hold a match like this and maybe qualify two people,” said Rick Jorgenson, Devils Lake, match director. “We’ve got a really good group of junior shooters in North Dakota and this match was a testament to that.”

Leading the shot-making parade was Dakota Faught of Amenia. Faught shot Junior Olympic qualifying scores in women’s air rifle and smallbore rifle. Others earning the right to advance were Kohl Klein, Bismarck, junior men’s air rifle; Mari Butler, Casselton, junior women’s air rifle; Luke Simon, Fargo, junior men’s air pistol; Macy Nelson, Arthur, junior women’s air pistol; Cade Haiby, Black Duck, Minn., junior men’s sport pistol; and Joseph Martin, Emerado, junior men’s smallbore rifle.

The next step on the road to earning a position on the U.S. Junior Olympic team is an upcoming competition at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.