The United States of America team took first place at the 2013 Northeast Regional Field Target Championship (NRFTC) hosted on the Crosman Corp. campus last weekend. The national team faced international competition from Venezuela and Canada.Shooters not affiliated with national teams also competed and over 100 people participated in the two-day airgun match, single-day air pistol match and Quigley Bucket Challenge.
“What began as a helping hand to a local field target club has grown into the largest regional competition sanctioned by the American Field Target Association,” Crosman shooting services manager Mark DeBoard said in a statement.
Crosman first hosted the event in 2010 when the original competition site became unavailable and the event has grown each year.
Team USA was the big draw as they prepare for the World Field Target Federation Championship in Germany in August. Nine members of the 15-member team were on hand including past NRFTC champions Hector Medina of New Canaan, Conn., Greg Sauve of Green Bay, Wis. and Harold Rushton of Tuscumbia, Ala. They were joined by five shooters of Team Venezuela and a few Canadian participants formed Team Canada. Team USA took the weekend with an aggregate score of 88.66. Team Canada finished with 78.66 and Team Venezuela posted a 72.60.
Medina defended his title in the WFTF piston class. Rushton won the WFTF PCP class with a score of 112 out of 120. Bill Day of Hollis Center, Maine won the hunter PCP class with a score of 99. Paul Manktelow of Walworth won the hunter piston class with a score of 81. Tyler Patner of Mundelein, Ill. won the open PCP class with a score of 100. Tony Narracci of Massapequa won the open Piston A class with a score of 88.
Craig Evans won the pistol hunter class with a score of 24. Dan Brown won the hands-supported pistol class with a score of 16. Jerry LaRocca won the open pistol class with a score of 19.
Sauve won the Quigley Bucket Challenge, which required shooters to recreate a scene from the film “Quigley Down Under” where a character shoots a bucket at an estimated 700 yards. The challenge scaled the feat down for air guns.
The regional championship is set to return July 11 to 13 in 2014.