Shotgun shooters qualify for 2010 World Championships
September 22, 2009
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Sept. 21, 2009) -- Five Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit earned berths last week on the 2010 U.S. World Championship team.
The Soldiers also earned spots in three 2010 World Cup events after their performances at the 2009 Fall Selection match in Kerrville, Texas, Sept. 13-20.
The Women's Trap event kicked things off and Sgt. 1st Class Theresa DeWitt became the first Soldier from the USAMU to earn a spot on the 2010 U.S. team that will travel to Munich, Germany, next summer. DeWitt, a 1996 Olympian, placed first in the competition with a score of 448.
2009 World and National Champion Spc. Vincent Hancock kept his hot streak going as he won the Men's Skeet event with a score of 515 and will defend his crown in Munich. Hancock, the 2008 Olympic Champion in this event, broke two national records in Kerrville after missing only two targets during the entire qualifying round and three targets overall. His teammate, Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Dulohery, will travel with Hancock after placing third with a score of 506 and making the U.S. team.
Capping off a good week for the USAMU were teammates Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond and Spc. Jeff Holguin in Men's Double Trap, finishing first and second with scores of 627 and 621, respectively. Richmond experienced success in Munich in 2009, winning a World Cup event there, and will be eager to return in 2010. Holguin won a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships and will be looking to move up a step on the awardees pedestal in 2010.