Carroll Wins Gold at World Cup
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 19, 2017) – Ashley Carroll claimed the first World Cup medal of her career when she won gold today in Women’s Trap at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.
Carroll (Solvang, California) secured her spot in just the second Final of her career in the sixth position today, following a grueling 11-person shootoff. Following the new ISSF Finals rules, Carroll was perfect in the Final until the 20th target. Eventual silver medalist Natalie Rooney of New Zealand was neck and neck with Carroll until she dropped a pair of targets in the final five, whereas Carroll hit all five targets in the final pass to send the gold-medal decision to a shootoff.
Once in the shootoff, Rooney dropped the first target and Carroll hit it to win gold. Alessandra Perilli of San Marino won bronze.
Today’s win is just the second international medal of Carroll’s career as she also won gold at the CAT Games in 2014. The 42 targets hit by Carroll and Rooney in the Final bested the World Record of 40 set by Penny Smith at the previous World Cup in New Delhi, India.
“It actually feels great to win my first World Cup Gold medal in front of them,” Carrol said. “We live in California so it’s quite easy to come here in Mexico. It’s been great to feel their support and my teammates’ support all along the qualification round and through the Final match.”
Carroll’s Trap teammates nearly joined her in the Final as Kayle Browning (Wooster, Arkansas) was also a part of the 11-person shootoff, but would finish in eighth place overall (70/75 targets). Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska) finished just one target out of a potential shootoff berth with 69 targets in 13th place.
At the conclusion of the first day of competition (75 targets) in Men’s Trap, Jake Wallace (Castaic, California) and Dale Royer (Jackson, Montana) are currently tied at 73 targets. Roe Reynolds (Quitman, Arkansas) has 67 targets. Competitors will shoot an additional 50 targets tomorrow with Finals commencing tomorrow afternoon.
For complete results from the Women’s Trap competition: http://www.issf-sports.org/competitions/results/detail.ashx?cshipid=1901&resultkey=3b3b303b545237353b303b463b493b313b303b30.
For complete results and a schedule from this World Cup: http://www.issf-sports.org/competitions/venue.ashx?cshipid=1901.
*Thanks to the ISSF for photos and editorial support on this story.
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