Brooklyn Park Junior shooter wins National Shooting Competition
From: Larry Sawyer -- Minnesota Centershots Junior Shooting Club, Anoka, MN --August 11, 2009
Emily Quiner, 18, from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota won the American Legion National Junior Air Rifle Championship on August 9th, 2009 at the U. S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Finishing 15th among an initial field of 341 competitors from around the country, Quiner joined the other finalists advancing to the Championship match in Colorado. Her score there of 2366 points out of 2400 over the four, 60-shot matches held August 7th- 9th gave her a commanding lead of 6 points over the second place shooter going into the 10-shot final. The last 10 shots are fired in the standing position and shot as an Olympic-style event. Quiner held on to her lead over the 10 shots to secure the win.
The American Legion sponsors a nation-wide junior shooting program each year which culminates in the National Championship event. Youth eighteen and under fire .177 caliber pellet rifles in match events during the season in three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Emily Quiner competes in the Precision class, in which the equipment is identical to that used in the Olympics. Quiner tallied an event record in the standing position of 788/800 en route to her win.
Emily Quiner shoots locally with the Minnesota Centershots Junior Shooting Program at the Anoka America Legion and is coached by Larry Sawyer. She recently graduated from Champlin Park High School and signed with Murray State University in Kentucky, accepting an athletic scholarship to compete with the Murray State Racers NCAA Rifle Team. She is the daughter of Greg and Jodi Quiner of Brooklyn Park.
More information on the Minnesota Centershots can be found on the web at http://mncentershots.com/ , or by calling the Centershots’ program director, Jerry Smith, at 763-226-0068.
Congratulations Emily! We may see Emily shoot in MN, for the last time before college, at the Aug 22 Sm Bore prone match at MRC