By Brittany Nelson, USAS Public Relations & Communications Manager
HILLSDALE, MI (June 6, 2023) –Ashley Carroll, of Solvang, California, and Derrick Mein, of Paola, Kansas, are the 2023 USA Shooting National Men’s and Women’s Trap Champions.
The competition was also part 1 of the U.S. Olympic Trials for the Paris 2024 Games. The match ran from May 23-28 at the John A. Halter Shooting Sports Education Center at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan.
Carroll, who returned to competition after taking two years off, claimed gold after shooting the overall top score. Carroll, the 2019 World Champion in Women’s Trap, outshot Rachel Tozier, of Pattonsburg, Missouri, who finished second overall. Ryann Phillips, of Gail, Texas, finished third overall.
Derrick Mein, the 2022 Men’s Trap World Champion, finished first in the finals, adding additional points to his overall score. He won first place overall for open men, edging out Seth Inman, of Lexington, Missouri, who placed second. Logan Lucas, of Pacific, Missouri, finished third overall after beating Derek Haldeman in a shoot off.
Junior National Champions were also crowned at the annual competition. Phillips not only took third in the open women’s category, but she also won the title of Junior Women’s National Trap Champion. Phillips took first after besting Carey Garrison, of Crossville, Tennessee, who placed second overall. Ava Downs, of Muskego, Wisconsin, earned third place overall for junior women.
Ramsey Bodeen, of Eagle River, Alaska, claimed the Junior Men’s National Trap Championship title. Bodeen outshot Cole Prince, of Sweetwater, Tennessee, who placed second overall. Matthew Kutz, of Goliad, Texas, finished third overall after winning a shot off against Emilio Carvalho.
The 2023 Pan American Games team and 2023 Junior World Championships team were also named based on scores from this competition and a previous match earlier this year. The following athletes will represent America at the competitions:
Pan American Games: Alicia Gough, Rachel Tozier, Derrick Mein, and William Hinton.
Junior World Championships team: Kaleigh Castillo, Taylor Dale, Carey Garrison, Ryann Phillips, Ava Downs, Matthew Kutz, Ramsey Bodeen, Caleb Cutler, Owen Bin, and William Browning.
The following categories were also awarded medals.
Men 18 and under: Connor Lynn, gold; Kaleb Horinek, silver; Max Hatfield, bronze.
Women 18 and under: Taylor Dale, gold; Lucy Myers silver; Micaela Velasquez, bronze.
Men 15 and under: Ajay Jarrett, gold; Mason Myers, silver; Ethan Hemsath, bronze.
Women 15 under: Allison Fisher, gold; Anne Tichotsky, silver.
Men collegiate: Emilio Carvalho, gold; Lance Thompson, silver; Thommy Brown, (Columbia), bronze.
Women collegiate: Aiko Coloso, gold; Ida Brown, silver; Marian Zerby, bronze.
Standing Lower: Jose Pico Martinez, gold.
Seated: Zachary Jones, gold.
Upper Ladies: Sophia Bultema, gold.
Upper Men: Albert Fiori, gold.
Senior: Scott Miller, gold; Dave Senter, silver; Jerry Hopp, bronze.
International: Alessandro De Souza Ferreira, gold; Cynthia Meyer, silver; James Dedman, bronze.
See official results here: https://bit.ly/43UGGZB
View award photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usashooting/albums/72177720308600780
Purchase photos from the event here: https://geosnapshot.com/e/2023-sg-nats-trap/21048
About USA Shooting
USA Shooting, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation was chartered by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the Olympic Shooting Sports in April 1995. The organization develops and implements programs to promote growth in the sport and serves as a sanctioning body for local and national competitions. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, USA Shooting has a full-time staff dedicated to our sport.
About the John Anthony Halter Shooting Sports Education Center
Hillsdale College has been the home of the USA Shooting National Team since 2019 and has hosted USA Shooting Junior Olympic Trap and Skeet development camps and championships. The Center boasts 113 range acres, four international skeet fields, a 22-station sporting clays course, five international bunkers, a small arms range and international archery range, nine American Trap fields, and an AcuSport lodge and grill. For more information, visit shootingsports.hillsdale.edu.