Rifle Impresses at National Junior Olympics

May 6, 2015

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Multiple Kentucky Wildcats impressed recently at the USA Shooting National Junior Olympic Championships.

Hanna Carr, an incoming freshman from Versailles, Kentucky, claimed the Smallbore Three-Position Rifle Silver Medal with a score of 1165 to earn her USA Shooting Team designation.

Heather Kirby, a rising UK junior, finished sixth in air rifle with a score of 824.5. She scored 1137 to place 17th in smallbore.

Carr placed 21st in air rifle with a 815.1.

Carr has experienced success at every level of the junior rifle ranks. She was the 2014 NRA National Champion for international three-position smallbore.

She was the Three-Position Silver Medalist at the National Junior Olympics in 2011. She also boasts a Kentucky State Junior Air Rifle Championship.

Rising sophomore Jenna Bethea placed 12th in air rifle with a score of 817.5. Also in women's air rifle, 2015 signee Cathryn Papasodora shot 812 to place 26th.

In the men's competition Billy Azzinaro placed ninth with a score of 1224, while Jason Sharbel placed 10th with 1223.

Both men didn't shoot smallbore in order to return to Lexington for final exams.