Today concluded the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, and the Buckeyes are excited to welcome sophomore Jacob Buchanan back to Columbus with some hardware in tow. Buchanan secured a bronze medal in Colorado Springs, Colo. after the Three-Position Rifle event concluded today. The Buckeyes also saw a solid performance from freshman Jared Minor as well.
Buchanan got off to a slow start, but really went full force to finish out the competition, notching the highest qualifying score in the Three-Position Rifle event to take the bronze. Battling a bit of a stomach bug, Buchanan fired an 1145 on the first day of competition. On the second day of competition, Buchanan made his mark, firing an 1162 to total a total score of 2307.
“The first day was rough. I came down with a stomach bug or something, but the second day I came back feeling better. I got some energy, prone, standing – it all went pretty well – so I couldn’t have asked for anything more," Buchanan reflected.
Buchanan also placed 5th overall in the 10m Air Rifle event. He fired a 613.9 on day one and a 614.7 on day two, totaling a 1228.6 for the match.
Freshman Jared Minor finished at 21st overall out of 171 competitors in 10m Air Rifle. Minor fired a 609.4 on day one and a 607.6 on day two, finishing with a solid score of 1217 overall. In the Three-Position Air Rifle event, Minor finished 27th overall, firing an 1136 on day one and an 1121on day two for a match score of 2257 overall.
To see the full results, click here.
The Junior Olympics gave the top Juniors from across the country a chance to compete, and Buchanan certainly left his mark in his last Junior Olympics appearance of his career. The competition allows Juniors to battle for National Junior Team spots as well as a chance to head to the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship this summer in Changwon, South Korea August 31-September 15. Buchanan will be shooting in the 3x40, which will take place on September 10.
The Buckeyes are excited to cheer on Buchanan this summer when he heads to compete at the World Championship, and are proud of both Buckeye's efforts at the Junior Olympics. Stay tuned for female Junior Olympic competition next week from April 13-18. The Buckeyes will be sending Elizabeth Dutton, Rhiann Travis, Megan Wilcoxson and Mica Harr, and we wish them the very best of luck.