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Thrasher Takes Three National Titles

June 29, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University sophomore Ginny Thrasher continued her win streak at the 2016 USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle/Pistol (USASNC), collecting four medals and three national titles in one of her final tune-ups for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games.

The championships, which opened June 23, closed today at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Thrasher, a native of Springfield, Virginia, won the women’s 10m air rifle on June 24 with an 838.6 score. She shot 831.6 (414.7, 416.9) in the open relay and earned seven additional points in the final with a second place, 206.1 showing. Thrasher also collected the junior crown, finishing first in the final with a 207.1 mark, giving her an 839.6 total.

Thrasher concluded the championships with a first-place showing in the women’s 50m 3 positions junior competition on June 28 with a 1177 total. She shot 1169 (586, 583) in the open relay and earned eight additional points in the final with a 456.9 showing. Despite a winning final score of 456.4 in the open category, also good for eight additional points, Thrasher finished second overall with a 1177 total.

Mountaineer junior Elizabeth Gratz finished right behind Thrasher in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions junior and open competitions. A native of Sigel, Illinois, Gratz finished third in the junior competition with a 1164 total, shooting 1159 (571, 588) in the relay and placing fourth in the final with a 427.7 showing, good enough for five additional points. She also finished fourth overall with a 1165 total, shooting 443.5 in the final and securing six additional points.

Gratz opened the championships with a 39th-place finish in the women’s air rifle competition, shooting 811.5 (416.7, 394.8). The mark was good enough for 24th place in the junior category. She also placed fifth overall, third in the junior division, in the women’s 10m rifle prone competition on June 26, shooting 1235.0 (617.0, 618.0).

Incoming freshman Morgan Phillips won the women’s prone competition, finishing first overall and in the junior competition with a total of 1242.2 (617.1, 625.1). Phillips also finished 22nd overall in the women’s 3 positions and air rifle, shooting 1143 (572, 571) and 820.0 (406.9, 413.1), respectively. Those finishes were good for 12th and 13th place, respectively, in the junior competitions.

On the men’s side, WVU senior Jean-Pierre Lucas finished eighth in the 50m rifle 3 positions on June 24 with a score of 2326. He entered the final with a mark of 2319 (1159, 1160) and earned seven additional points with a second place, 447.8 mark.

Lucas also finished 29th in the men’s 10m air rifle on June 28 with a mark of 1222.6 (616.8, 605.8), and 44th in the men’s 50m rifle prone on June 26 with a score of 1218.5 (609.7, 608.8).

WVU sophomore Will Anti qualified for the men’s 3 positions and air rifle junior finals. The Fort Benning, Georgia, native opened the championships with a fifth-place showing in 3 positions, shooting 2300 (1150, 1150) in the open relay and 444.5 in the final, the top mark and good enough for eight additional points, for a 2308 final score. His open score was good enough for 15th place overall.

Anti then finished in eighth place in the men’s junior air rifle competition with a 1228.7 mark. He shot 1227.7 (612.7, 615.0) in the open relay and finished eighth in the final with a 79.8 mark, earning one additional point. His relay score was good enough for an overall finish of 22nd place. Anti also finished 29th overall, ninth in the junior category, in the rifle prone competition with a 1223.3 (613.7, 609.6) mark.

Incoming freshman Jack Anderson’s best finish came in the men’s junior 3 positions competition, as he finished 19th with a 2252 (1133, 1119) score, good enough for 39th place overall. He also finished 20th in the junior competition, 41st overall, in air rifle with a 1211.1 (608.0, 603.1) mark, and finished 26th in the junior field, 56th overall, in prone with a 1210 (602.7, 607.3) score. Anderson was awarded the High A title in prone. 

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