Cadet earns silver medal National Junior Olympic Pistol Championships
Sophomore Cadet Christopher Hudock of Tango Company took the silver medal at the National Junior Olympic Pistol Championships April 24 and 25 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and earned a berth on the U. S. Junior Team.
Forty-six of the top junior pistol shooters who qualified at the state level converged on the Olympic Training Center for the National Junior Olympic Championships in Air Pistol and Sport Pistol.
Thirty-one guys shot in the Sport Pistol Championship, which consists of 30 shots slow fire at 25 meters with a semiautomatic .22-caliber pistol and 30 shots rapid fire. The slow fire target has a 10 ring the size of a quarter. The rapid fire target is larger but the shots are fired one at a time in 3 seconds starting each time with the pistol down at 45 degrees.
“Christopher, who has only been shooting pistol for two years, outshot all but one of the guys shooting Sport Pistol many of whom had been shooting pistol competitions for many more years,” said Coach Joel Sexton.
Hudock fired a 551 X 600 in the qualifying match that placed him second going into the finals. The finals are designed to make shooting interesting in the Olympics. It consists of a sighter series of five rapid fire shots and four 5-shot series of record fire at the rapid fire pace.
In the finals the winner, Joe Toots who plans to shoot at Ohio State next year, shot a near perfect score shooting five 10’s on every series. Hudock had a 46.7 on his first series and shot all tens on the remaining three series for a finals score of 198.7 X 209.0 for a total of 749.7. Toots fired a 201.0 in the finals which gave him a total of 763.0 when added to his excellent 562 X 600.
Hudock also placed seventh in Air Pistol in spite of trying to adjust to the mile high altitude. Sexton said it was fortunate that the Sport Pistol, which is currently Hudock’s best event, was fired on the fourth day of the competition.
Sexton thinks Hudock will be competitive this summer at USA Shooting’s Open National Championship where the junior team for the World Championships will be selected. The World Championships will be in Munich, Germany.