USA Shooting Team to Compete in 12 th Championship of the Americas in Mexico
Forty-five American Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun athletes are making their way to Mexico to compete in the 12 th Championship of the Americas (CAT), November 2 – 10 2018 at the Club Cinegetico Jalisciense in Guadalajara. Among them will be a number of accomplished airgun competitors.
At the previous CAT in 2014 in Guadalajara, USA Shooting earned Olympic quotas from the gold-medal performances of Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) in Men’s Air Pistol and Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) in Men’s Air Rifle
Christenson is returning to Mexico at this match with the hopes of another medal and quota.
Also look for strong performances from Junior athletes competing in the Open division of the 12 th Championship of the Americas in Mexico. These include Junior National Champion Jack Leverett III (Bainbridge, Georgia). Leverett will compete in Men’s Air and Rapid Fire Pistol.
Leverett – though just 18-years-old – won silver in the Open division in Men’s Air Pistol and bronze in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol at the National Championships this summer. He was also just one point out of a Finals berth in Junior Men’s Air Pistol in Changwon.
Mindy Miles (Weatherford, Texas) put up a world-class score in the Air Rifle Mixed Team event in Changwon. She will shoot the team event as well as the individual Women’s Air Rifle event at the 12 th Championship of the Americas.
2014 CAT bronze medalist in Women’s Air Rifle Sarah Beard (Danville, Indiana) will look to build on that finish in the Air Rifle, Three-Position Rifle and Air Rifle Mixed Team events.
2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky (Fairfax, Virginia) will also compete in the Men’s Air Rifle, Men’s Three-Position Rifle and Air Rifle Mixed Team events at the 12 th Championship of the Americas.
CAT is also the only opportunity for athletes to earn quotas for the Pan American Games next summer in Lima, Peru. Two Olympic quotas will be available in each individual event at the Pan American Games and is the last chance for athletes to earn quotas prior to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Competition at the 12 th Championship of the Americas starts Saturday November 3 rd. It concludes on November 10 with medals and Olympic and Pan American Games quotas on the line for shooting athletes from North and South America.
About CAT: The Shooting Confederation of the Americas (Confederaciòn Americana de Tiro – CAT) was founded and recognized by the ISSF in 1973 as the Continental Confederation for the Shooting Sport for all countries of the North and South America.