More Than 150 Women Athletes Compete At 2024 Rifle Junior Olympic Championships

USA Shooting’s 2024 Rifle Junior Olympic Championships were held at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 1-6, with 178 women shooters competing in air rifle and 89 in smallbore.

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at USA Shooting posted on April 10, 2024
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At the 2024 Rifle Junior Olympic Championships, Emme Walrath (left) was the Women’s Smallbore Junior Olympic Champion and runner-up in Women’s Air Rifle, while Elizabeth Probst (center) brought home the Women’s Air Rifle Junior Olympic Championship title and Rachael Charles (right) claimed third place in Women’s Air Rifle.
Photo by Brittany Nelson

More than 150 junior women athletes competed in the 2024 USA Shooting Rifle Junior Olympic Championships at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 1-6, in hopes of earning the Junior Olympic Champion title.

Elizabeth Probst, of Grady, Texas, and Emme Walrath, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, were crowned champions in Women’s Air Rifle and Women’s Smallbore Rifle, respectively.

Air rifle women's podium
In Air Rifle, Elizabeth Probst (center) was the champion, with Emme Walrath (left) the runner-up and Rachel Charles in third place. (Photo by Brittany Nelson)

 

Every athlete that competed had to qualify at a state level competition before receiving an invite to the Colorado Springs competition. The first half of the competition—Women’s Air Rifle—saw 178 competitors who represented a whopping 42 states across the country.

The air rifle athletes participated in two full 60-shot matches to determine the top eight finalists. The top eight overall athletes then competed in a final where bronze, silver and gold medalists were decided.

Probst, the 2023 Smallbore Rifle champion, topped the air rifle leaderboard. Walrath finished second and Rachael Charles of Urbandale, Iowa, walked away in third place.

Smallbore rifle women's podium
In Smallbore Rifle, Emme Walrath (center) was the champion, with Katie Zaun (left) the runner-up and Lauren Hurley in third place. (Photo by Brittany Nelson)

 

Medals were also awarded in 18 and under (U18) and 15 and under (U15) age categories. The awardees are listed below.

U18 Women’s Air Rifle

  1. Mackenzie Kring, gold
  2. Makenzie Larson, silver
  3. Camryn Camp, bronze

U15 Women’s Air Rifle

  1. Sandhu Simr, gold
  2. Hypatia Shen, silver
  3. Delilah Muzik, bronze

The second half of the competition was smallbore rifle, also known as 50m smallbore rifle three-position. There was a total of 89 competitors from 40 different states competing in smallbore. In the event, athletes shoot 20 shots each of kneeling, prone and standing positions for a 60-shot match. The women competed in two 60-shot matches to determine the overall top eight finalists.

The top eight shooters then battled it out to see who went home with the victory title. Walrath secured the gold medal, while Katie Zaun, of Buffalo, North Dakota, took home silver and Lauren Hurley, from Wilsonville, Oregon, earned bronze.

Awardees for U18 and U15 smallbore rifle are as follows.

U18 Women’s Smallbore Rifle

  1. Rylie Passmore, gold
  2. Ashlyn Blake, silver
  3. Mackenzie Kring, bronze

U15 Women’s Smallbore Rifle

  1. Hypatia Shen, gold
  2. Simr Sandhu, silver
  3. Delilah Muzik, bronze
Eley All-American Air Rifle Team
Pictured above is the Eley High School All-American Air Rifle Team (Photo by Brittany Nelson)

 

Eley was also in attendance at the competition and named the 2023 Eley High School All-American Team. The following women were named to the team.

Air Rifle Team

  • Elijah Spencer
  • Camryn Camp
  • Makenzie Larson
  • Bremen Butler
  • Katrina Demerle
  • Elizabeth Probst
  • Ashlyn Blake
  • Claudia Muzik
  • Rylie Passmore
Eley High School All-American Smallbore Rifle Team
Pictured above is the Eley High School All-American Smallbore Rifle Team (Photo by Brittany Nelson)

 

Smallbore Rifle Team

  • Elizabeth Probst
  • Katrina Demerle
  • Carley Seabrooke
  • Ashlyn Blake
  • Rylie Passmore
  • Camryn Camp
  • Bremen Butler
  • Danjela Jordan De Jesus

The men’s rifle athletes are currently competing in their championship, which will conclude on Thursday, April 11. The 2024 USA Shooting Pistol Junior Olympics will be held next at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 11-17.

Junior Olympics is the first half of the selection procedures for the 2024 International Shooting Sports Federation Junior World Championships, taking place this fall in Lima, Peru. The second half of selection will be the 2024 USA Shooting National Championships in June.

USA Shooting would like to thank the NRA Foundation, our sole platinum sponsor, and Safari Club International, one of our gold sponsors, for their continued support to shooting sports across the nation.

See the unofficial results of the 2024 Rifle Junior Olympic Championships at this link.

Learn more about USA Shooting at usashooting.org.

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