Kremmling teen finishes second in state at 4-H shoot
A Kremmling teenager proved he is a real straight shooter by earning second place during the 2007 Colorado State 4-H Shooting Sports Competition in Colorado Springs in September.
Sixteen-year-old Ryan Smith took the runner-up spot in the 4-H Shotgun Trap competition held at the Pikes Peak Gun Club. He was among 245 other 4-H members competing in the contest.
Smith began the competition by shooting a perfect score of 25 in the first round. He followed it up with a second perfect round of 25 to tie with two other 4-H shotgun shooters.
In the shoot-off round, Smith and the two other top shooters had to fire another 25 shots from a greater distance than in the earlier rounds. In that round, he and another shooter hit all their targets for another perfect score.
With 75 straight shots for the two 4-H shooters, the competition officials then decided upon a sudden death elimination round to determine the champion. This round required the two shooters to fire from different distances and at different locations on the range. The first shooter to miss a target was out.
In this final shoot-off round, Smith continued his perfect shooting to over 100 straight hits before he finally missed one, leaving him to take second place in the state competition.
Smith’s straight shooting helped boost Grand County’s senior trap team to an overall seventh place out of 21 teams competing in Shotgun Trap competition. The other members of the team are Augi Bohall, Gavlin Bohall, Cory Burr and Sky Handyside.
“Only a second-year 4-Her and shotgun shooter, Ryan’s purpose was to go and have fun,” said Brenda Kwang, Grand County Extension Director. “This was a great accomplishment for Ryan and the other shooters from Grand County. They all had a great attitude to go to have fun and do their best. With this in mind, it was what brought success home for these young shooters.”
Two other Grand County 4-H members competed in the state competition at Colorado Springs. Luke Miller shot in the junior shotgun category, and Caitlin Miller competed in the archery contest.
“The 4-H Shooting Sports Program in Grand County is supported by numerous community members and organizations, and is administered through the Colorado State University Extension Office,” Kwang said. “Thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who make this such a wonderful program for youth development.”
For more information about the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, call the CSU Extension Office at (970) 724-3436.
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