Stulken earns metals in National Jr. Olympics

Megan at the USA Shooting National Championship held in Ft Benning, Ga. shooting precision .22 rifle.

The summer of 2013 has been memorable for Megan Stulken who will be a junior at Riggs High in Pierre.  Since June she has competed in nine events at three national shooting matches for precision air rifle and small bore (.22). In June she competed at Fort Benning, Ga. during the USA Shooting National Championships.
At the event she placed 18th in the women’s prone event and 11th in the junior division. In three-position small bore, she placed 22nd in the women’s division and 11th in the junior division. Currently, she is ranked 32nd in the nation for women’s three-position smallbore rifle.
Through South Dakota State 4-H shooting sports, she earned the invitation to the National 4-H shooting match in Grand Island, Neb. She won second in three-position smallbore rifle and 10th overall. The South Dakota .22 rifle team placed fourth in three-position which included: Sam Ryckman and Stulken, Pierre; Marshall Smith, Whitewood; and Kyle Manke, Murdo. Shawn Branine of Harrold was a member of the sporter air rifle team which placed fifth in standing.  Branine, Ryckman and Stulken are members of the Pierre Jr. Shooters.
Recently, Megan returned from Anniston, AL where she competed at the National Jr. Olympics 3-Position air rifle match. During the National CMP event, she earned the gold medal in prone for a perfect score of 200 points with 20 center shots.  She also received the silver medal in her age division. In recognition of Megan’s accomplishments at CMP sponsored national and state events, she was presented the Junior Distinguished Badge which is awarded to school-age junior three-position air rifle shooters who distinguish themselves by attaining a series of high rankings.
Megan is coached by Dempster S. Christenson of Sioux Falls and is also a member of the Dakota Sharpshooters State Precision Shooting team and the Lewis and Clark Rifle and Pistol Club.
Junior shooting programs promote youths to learn gun safety and marksmanship.  Precision shooting is a competitive sport that is conducted at the high school, collegiate, national, international and Olympic levels. There are numerous colleges and universities nationwide that provide athletic scholarships to participate on their teams at NCAA events.
Megan is on track to follow other South Dakota shooters onto the collegiate and NCAA shooting level while continuing to shoot at the national level as well. The Olympic Games include six women events divided into shotgun, rifle and pistol disciplines. Precision shooting has an outstanding legacy as one of the most decorated Olympic sports in the United States.
Megan is the granddaughter of Patrick Cahill, Woonsocket.

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