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Local 4-H shooters earn trip to Nationals, bring back top results from state

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— In August, 23 young athletes from the Routt County 4-H shooting team traveled to Colorado Springs, where they took aim at some lofty goals at the annual state shooting competition.

When the competition, which spanned two weekends, came to an end, three local shooters had qualified for nationals, and many others set personal best marks and reached their own personal goals. For two of those shooters, the finishes earned the chance to compete at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, which will take place next year in Grand Island, Nebraska June 25 through 30.

"I have not competed at nationals before, so I'm pretty excited," said Richard Hallenbeck, who competed in the shotgun events at the state competition. 


Hallenbeck finished fourth in the state in the overall shotgun results and will be among four shooters to represent Colorado at the national finals next summer.

South Routt's Kenrda Halder will also make the trip to Grand Island after finishing first in the state in .22 rifle. Taylor Kirby, another shooter from South Routt, qualified in the 10th position and still has an outside chance at shooting in Grand Island. At this point, she is an alternate for the national team.

Each year, Colorado names 10 qualifiers, but only the top four in each division get the chance to compete. Shooters can only compete one time in a discipline at the national finals, so the state names 10 qualifiers, in case the top shooters have already competed or elect not to attend the competition.

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"It's really exciting," Halder said. "I was hoping to qualify again. This way, I've got something to look forward to instead of sitting around next summer waiting for college."


This will be Halder's second trip to the nationals. Last year, she qualified and competed in the air rifle event, placing 38th out of 91 competitors.

"It was fun to go up against the top shooters in the country," Halder said. "My goal was to finish in the top half of the nation, and I did that. It was really cool."

This time, Halder will be tested in the .22 caliber rifle competition, and she acknowledged her goals are a little higher, but not for the reasons most would think.

"It's a lot more fun when you get higher ranked," Halder said. "The top-eight have an opportunity to shoot in another round, and that's what I'm hoping for."

Halder is currently in her senior year at Soroco High School. She said she would like to continue competing in shooting sports after high school but added her choice of colleges will most likely come down to academic opportunities and location. If the school happens to offer a shooting program, however, she hopes to be a part of it.

Hallenbeck is a junior at Hayden, and this will be his first trip to nationals. He qualified last year as an alternate but didn't have an opportunity to shoot at the events.

"I just hoping to do my best. It would be great to make the finals," Hallenbeck said.

Hallenbeck has been involved with Routt County 4-H for several years and worked as a junior coach last summer. He said he fell in love with the sport of shooting and enjoys teaching other members.

"This is my first year as a senior, so it's pretty exciting to place 10th," Kirby added. "Qualifying has always been a dream of mine. I'm thrilled just to have qualified, so now I can cross that off my bucket list."

Making it to nationals is a common goal for the 75 Routt County 4-H members who take part in shooting sports. Tami Eggers, Routt County 4-H and youth development extension agent, said shooting sports is by far the largest 4-H program, adding there are currently volunteer coaches teaching shooting and archery programs in Hayden, Steamboat Springs and South Routt.

Many of those athletes and their families traveled to Colorado Springs at the end of August to compete in the annual state competition. Routt County teams placed second in the .22 pistol, fourth in .22 rifle, fifth in .22 air rifle, fifth in air rifle utility, seventh in .22 rifle hunt, eighth in .22 rifle scope, ninth in skeet, 12th in sporting clays and 17th in trap in the junior divisions.

Teams from Routt County placed fifth in sporting clays, sixth in skeet and 13th in trap in the senior divisions.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

2016 Shooting Sports Routt County results

.22 Rifle junior (three position)

5, Jed Kirby

  1. Chase dela Mater

.22 Rifle Junior (4-P)

  1. Jed Kirby
  2. Chase dela Mater
  3. Hailey Minnick
  4. Kai Lancaster
  5. Spencer Ashley
  6. Beck Honebein

.22 Rifle Hunt Junior

  1. Jed Kirby
  2. Chase dela Mater
  3. Grayson Gentz
  4. Kai Lancaster
  5. Kalob More

.22 Rifle Scope Junior

  1. Jed Kirby
  2. Chase dela Mater
  3. Liam Yaconeillo
  4. Bridget Hazel

.22 Pistol Junior

  1. Spencer Ashley
  2. Jed Kirby
  3. Chase dela Mater
  4. Liam Yaconeillo
  5. Hailey Minnick

Air Rifle Junior (4-P)

  1. Jed Kirby
  2. Chase dela Mater
  3. Spencer Ashley
  4. Hailey Minnick
  5. Bridget Hazlet

Air Rifle Junior (3-P)

  1. Chase Dela Mater
  2. Jed Kirby

Air Rifle Olympic Offhand Junior

  1. Jed Kirby
  2. Chase dela Mater

Air Rifle Utility Junior

  1. Spencer Ashley
  2. Chase dele Mater
  3. Jed Kirby
  4. Hailey Minnick

Air Pistol Junior

  1. Jed Kirby
  2. Chase dela Mater
  3. Spencer Ashely
  4. Hailey Minnick

.22 Rifle Senior (4-P)

  1. Taylor Kirby
  2. Kendra Halder

.22 Rifle Hunt Senior

Kendra Halder

  1. Taylor Kirby

.22 Rifle National Qualifiers

Kendra Halder

  1. Taylor Kirby

.22 Rifle Scope Senior

  1. Taylor Kirby

.22 Pistol Senior

  1. Kendra Halder
  2. Taylor Kirby

Air Rifle Senior (4-P)

  1. Taylor Kirby
  2. Kendra Halder

Air Rifle Utility Senior

  1. Taylor Kirby
  2. Kendra Halder

Air Rifle Olympic Offhand Senior

  1. Kendra Halder
  2. Taylor Kirby

Air Rifle Senior (3-P)

  1. Kendra Halder
  2. Taylor Kirby

Air Pistol Senior

  1. Kendra Halder
  2. Taylor Kirby

Senior Unlimited Compound Archery

  1. Harrison Ashely

Junior Limited Compound Archery

  1. Spencer Ashley
  2. Chase dela Mater
  3. Liam Yaconeillo

Senior Limited Compound Archery

  1. Grant Pohlman
  2. Taylor Powell

Shotgun

Junior Sporting Clays

  1. Kollen Decker
  2. Maverick Vietanen
  3. Kai Lancaster

Junior Skeet

  1. Kollen Decker
  2. Maverick Vietanen
  3. Kia Lancaster

Junior Trap

  1. Kollen Decker
  2. Kai Lancaster
  3. Maverick Vietanen

Senior Sporting Clays

  1. Richard Hallenbeck
  2. Michael Henry
  3. Tucker Limberg
  4. Tyler Anderson
  5. Grant Birkinbine

Senior Skeet

  1. Grant Birkinbine
  2. Richard Hallenbeck
  3. Tucker Limberg
  4. Tyler Anderson
  5. Michael Henry
  6. Marlin Rowan

Senior Trap

  1. Richard Hallenbeck
  2. Marlin Rowan
  3. Grant Birkinbine
  4. Michael Henry
  5. Tucker Limberg
  6. Tyler Anderson.