Anderson wins national shooting title despite damaged rifle

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:40 -- jcook

FORT BENNING, GA-Rising senior and Alaska Nanook rifleman Ryan Anderson could now be referred to as MacGuyver. Anderson had a broken rifle but still won a national title.

Anderson just finished competing in the World Cups in Europe before going to Fort Benning, Georgia for the USA Shooting Rifle/Pistol National Championships last week. His gun was damaged in Europe but it was repaired in time for shooting. Whatever Anderson did it worked. Anderson won the national title in the open division men's 10 meter air rifle event.

He beat out Connor Davis, Kentucky's reigning NCAA national champion, by six tenths of a point. After two days of shooting Anderson placed third in the individual final this gave him a 1251.6 total score which was just good enough for the win as Davis finished eighth in the final.

Anderson also placed ninth in 50 meter three position and seventh in 50 meter prone. He's qualified for the World Championships this September in Granada, Spain.

Three other Nanooks will be at Worlds in Spain with Anderson. Rising juniors Tim Sherry will shoot three position, prone and air. Lorelie Stanfield qualified for prone and three position.
Redshirt freshmen Sagen Maddelena qualified for the air rifle shooting the highest score on day two and finished sixth in the individual final to punch her ticket to Spain.

The ISSF World Championships are Sept 6-20 in Granada Spain.

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