The individual trap shooting events at the 12th Championship of the Americas wrapped up today with the Women’s and Men’s finals.
All 3 US women would find themselves in the finals today. Finishing qualification with a score of 121/125 and entering the finals with the #1 Bib would be Ashely Carrol. Just three targets behind with a 118 was Aeriel Skinner, followed by Mexico’s Alejandra Ramirez Caballero with a 116. Kayle Browning went to the finals in 4th place with a score of 115, and two shooters from Guatemala, Ana Waleska Soto Abril and Adriana Ruano Olivia, would be tied for 5th and 6th with a score of 111.
Kayle Browning jumped out to an early lead in the finals, only missing one target out of the first 25. She held on to that lead to the end and would come out on top to take home the Gold and an Olympic quota place. Adriana Ruano Olivia would take home Silver and a quota, followed by Ashley Carrol with the Bronze. Aeriel Skinner would just miss the podium finishing in 4th. Due to the strong showing by all three ladies from the US, they would end up earning the Team Gold Medal, followed by Mexico with the Silver, and Guatemala with Bronze.
The US men wouldn’t fare as well as the women in this year’s CAT games, though Glenn Eller would put on another qualification clinic like he did in Changwon, actually besting his World Championship score by a target to post a 124/125. Grayson Davey would finish one target out of a shoot-off for the finals with a score of 117, putting him in 8th place, and Jake Wallace would be one target behind him with a 116 and in 14th place.
The curse of the #1 bib struck Glenn again, but not as hard as it did in Changwon. In a pretty close final, Glenn would bring home the Bronze behind Alessandro De Souza Ferreira of Peru and Jorge Martin Orozco Diaz of Mexico. That means Peru and Mexico would earn the Olympic quotas up for grabs at this year’s CAT Games. The US Men would also bring home the Team Silver after losing a tiebreaker with Peru (The US had a last round of 72 vs 73 for Peru), with Canada taking home Team Bronze after winning a tiebreaker with Argentina.
Next up in the shotgun events is Mixed Team Trap starting tomorrow. The teams of Glenn Eller / Aeriel Skinner and Grayson Davey / Ashley Carrol will take on 10 other teams to see who comes out on top.