Odom, Colbert lead in trap shooting competition

Austin Odom of Benton repeated his 2012 position as the top male high school international trapshooter in Arkansas and Haley Colbert of Texarkana took first place honors among females for the 2013 season.

They were the overall winners in the recent 2013 Arkansas Junior Olympic State Qualifier at the Delta Conference Center near Tillar in southeastern Arkansas.

The competition was on the center’s True International Bunker Trap fields, the type facilities shooters face in national, international and Olympic events.

The Junior Olympic Qualifier competition is part of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, a highly popular project of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The program is directed by J.D. “Chuck” Woodson.

The top men’s medal winners:

Gold – Austin Odom of Benton.
Silver – Dustin McGoewern of Greenwood.
Bronze – Brady Cotton of Huntsville.

The top women’s medal winners:

Gold – Haley Colbert, Texarkana.
Silver – Grace Hambuchen of Greenbrier.
Bronze – Amber Culwell of Rose Bud.

Twenty-four young Arkansans qualified to attend the Junior Olympic Development Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.            

Along with the gold, silver and bronze men and women winners, the qualifiers are:

J1 Men’s Champions: Gold: Zachary Hayes, Alma; Silver: Reed McPherson, Stuttgart; Bronze: Avery Lamb, Nashville.

J2 Men’s Champions: Gold: Anderson Hambuchen, Greenbrier; Silver: Taylor Teague, Nashville; Bronze: Steven Comer, Greenwood.

J2 Women’s Champions: Gold: Emily Underwood, Quitman; Silver: Grace Brown, Booneville; Bronze: Summer Sanders, Greenwood.

J3 Women’s Champions: Gold: Emily Branum, Greenwood; Silver: Taylor Holland, Bee Branch; Bronze: Ondrea Green, Texarkana.

J3 Men’s Champions: Gold: Roe Reynolds, Quitman; Silver: Clay Williams, Bee Branch; Bronze: Bo Jewell, Texarkana.