Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

July 30, 2012

Server, Peterson compete in Junior Olympics

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County High School junior Meghan Server and SMHS senior Seth Petersen took their high-powered shooting skills to the national Junior Olympic shooting championships at the Fort Carson Military Reservation in Colorado Springs, CO, on July 7-10. They competed with over 100 other equally skilled student shooters from across the nation. Both qualified for this prestigious event in competitive trials held here in Paris, TN, in early May. Cumberland County Scholastic Clay Target Program head coach Fred Petersen accompanied both shooters to this event.

Shooters could compete in any one or all of the three competitive events — trap, double trap or skeet. In trap, the shooter is allowed to shoot twice, if necessary, to break the target. In double trap, two targets are thrown at the same time with the shooter firing one shot at each target. 

Although both Server and Petersen were somewhat familiar with Olympic shooting rules and competition, neither was able to practice with targets thrown from an international (bunker) trap that was used in this competition.

Wobble traps have been used here in Tennessee to simulate bunker trap targets. In spite of this handicap, Coach Petersen was very satisfied with their performance especially since it was their first Olympic competition.

(It should be noted that a bunker trap is presently being installed at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex in Nashville.)

At this event, there is no allowance for age with J-3 shooters at age 14 and under competing with J-2 shooters (15 to 17 years) and J-1 shooters at 18 to 20 years. Petersen competed as a J-1 shooter while Server was a J-2 shooter.

Each shooter fires three rounds of 25 targets each on the first day of competition followed by two more 25-target rounds on the second day for a 125 target total. The top six shooters then advance for one additional 25-target round with the winner determined from the 150 target total. 

In men’s trap, Petersen fired a 109X125 to finish in a tie for 22nd place out of 80 shooters. The winning score of 140X150 was posted by a J-2 shooter, William Hinton from Georgia.

In double trap, Petersen fired another 109X125 to finish in a tie for 21st out of 40 shooters. 

In women’s trap, Server fired an 83X125 to place 16th out of 20 competitors. Miranda Wilder, a J-1 shooter from Texas won with a 138X150. Two other J-2 women shooters from Tennessee also competed at this event. They were Nancy Davis from Obion County who fired an 82X125 and Liz Faulkner of Lincoln County who shot a 72X125.

In double trap, Server shot an 86X125 to finish 36th out of 40 shooters. There was no separate category for women in double trap with Server being just one of four women competing.


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