16 air rifle shooters advance to finals

Since Aug. 5, the firing of .177 caliber air rifles could be heard at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., as 15 participants in both the precision and sporter category took aim during The American Legion's 20th annual Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championship. After two days of shooting in the prone, kneeling and standing position, the 30 participants' scores were calculated, and the top eight contestants in each category advanced to today's final shoot-off.

As the contestants battle for the championship title in their category during today's finals, watch it all live at Legion.org from 8 a.m. - 11 .m. (MDT). http://www.legion.org/

The eight participants in the precision category are:Alan Agnew, Graham, Wash. Tyler Christopherson, Laramie, Wyo.Catherine Green, Coventry, R.I. Danielle Foster, Newport News, Va. Matthew Martin, Eagle River, AlaskaMagdalena Mical, Clearwater, Fla. Landon Shankles, Albuquerque, N.M. Bryan Zavala, Lytle, Texas

The eight participants in the sporter category are:Hannah Black, Yorktown, Va. Hunter Firebaugh, Albuquerque, N.M.Vincent Ford, Albuquerque, N.M.Carrie Garvin, Hollywood, S.C. Ryan Holcombe, Rayville, La. James Klaszky, Oak Harbor, Wash. James South, Iuka, Miss.Yvonne Swiontek, Beach Park, Ill.