Cogdell leads trapshooting trials in bid for Olympics

Anchorage Daily NewsMay 18, 2012 

She hasn't made it to London yet, but trapshooter Corey Cogdell of Eagle River got one step closer to the Summer Olympics by surging into the lead Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Tucson, Ariz.

Cogdell, who won a shootoff to claim the bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympics, used her experience in pressure-filled situations to grab a two-shot lead in the battle to determine who goes to London later this summer. The United States has one berth in women's trapshooting, and the fight for it is heated.

Competition began with a meet in September, where Cogdell finished second, six shots behind the leader. On Friday, she busted 91 of 100 targets to take command, but her lead is tenuous. Six women separated by eight shots, with 150 more still to be fired.

Cogdell leads with 319, a score that includes the 228 she shot last fall in the first round of Olympic qualifying.

Two shots back at 317 is Kayle Browning of Wooster, Ark., who shot 89 Friday. Kelsey Zahaus of Lakeville, Minn., is third at 315 and Miranda Wilder of Diana, Texas, is fourth at 312.

Caitlin Barney Weinheimer of Kerrville, Texas, the leader coming into this week's competition, struggled to a 77 and is tied for fourth place overall at 311 with Rachael Heiden of Clinton, Mich. Heiden posted the day's best score, 94, to climb into contention.

Shooters contended with hot weather and strong wind Friday at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club. They will take aim at another 100 targets Saturday and 50 on Sunday, and the winner gets a trip to the Olympics.

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