Cameron University student Holly Humphreys York has qualified for the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship in early April. York, a junior business administration major, earned an automatic qualification last month by taking first place in the women's 3x20 three position small bore rifle competition at the USA Shooting Junior Olympic Qualifier/Texas State Championship. Originally from Del Rio, TX and now an Altus resident, York will head to the USA Olympic Training Center for the April competition. At stake: a potential berth on the U.S. Olympic Team or the U.S. Olympic Development Team.
"In 2006, I qualified for the very same match, the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship," York says. "I didn't place well, but it was an honor to be there - and a great experience. In April, I hope to redeem my capability and get myself further down the road to being a world-class Olympian."
York has an illustrious history in shooting competitions. "I've been shooting ever since I could hold up a rifle," she says. "My dad has been a gunsmith for over 35 years, so shooting pretty much came along with the territory. Up until my freshmen year, I competed mainly in 4-H. My main goal then was to win the 4-H Texas State Championship, both as a team and individually. Our team won second place three years in a row. During my senior year, my team won first, and I became the individual champion."
In June, she will compete at the USA Shooting National Championships, held at Fort Benning, GA. The Olympic-hopeful will also participate in international competitions in an effort to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
February 20, 2009