YourSports: Two local athletes to compete in Junior Olympic Rifle ChampionshipsThe Superior Junior Rifle Team will be represented by two local Junior target shooters at the Junior Olympic Rifle Championships at the U.S Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
By: New Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
The Superior Junior Rifle Team will be represented by two local Junior target shooters at the Junior Olympic Rifle Championships at the U.S Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Scott Chester, a UMD student competing at the Junior level with the Superior team, will make a repeat appearance at the event. Chester earned a trip in 2012 and will again compete against the nation’s premier Olympic-style target shooters with an eye to receiving an invitation to participate as a member of the U.S. National Junior Team in international competition.
Also earning an invitation to the Championships is Sami Learn of South Range. She will be competing at the Sub-Junior level in Colorado, also vying for an invitation to the National Junior Team. Learn will be competing in two events, small bore (.22 caliber) and precision air rifle (pellets instead of bullets).
Both Chester and Learn qualified to compete at the Training Center by performing well at the Junior Olympic Sectional in Mendota Heights, Minn., in January. The small-bore event will consist of 20 record shots in the prone, standing and kneeling positions. The targets for this event
include a bull’s-eye slightly larger than a quarter. A perfect shot
requires the shooter to hit a dot the size of a pinhead in the center to score a 10, and both shooters score far more 10’s than other
Chester and Learn are not new to competition; both athletes recently competed in and scored well at the National Sectional Championships and other local matches. Both shooters will be competing April 5-6 in the Wisconsin State Junior Championships in De Pere, Wis., and Learn will fly out of the Green Bay airport as soon as she’s finished competing in De Pere to start her Junior Olympic experience April 8-12. Chester will fire April 14-19.
The Superior Junior Rifle Team has a storied history, having won five national championships and eight Wisconsin state championships in team competition. Superior has several athletes ranked in the top 25 in the nation in their shooting disciplines and age groups.
The program is accepting donations to help Learn and Chester cover travel and lodging expenses during the national competition. For more information, contact Superior Junior Rifle Team coach Chad Danielson at (218) 348-2147. More information about the team may be found online at www.superiorjuniorshooting.com or Superior Junior Rifle Team on Facebook.
Submitted by Todd Blomfelt, assistant coach, Superior Junior Rifle Team