• Bill Caine, Contributing Writer

Versailles’s Hanna Carr wins national shooting title

HANNA CARR won the USA Shooting Women’s and Junior National titles on Saturday, July 1. (Photo submitted)

Nineteen-year-old Hanna Carr won the USA Shooting Women’s and Junior National titles on Saturday, July 1, in Fort Benning, Ga. Carr, a two-time All-American at the University of Kentucky, fired an impressive 1,183 for the open division to win by a whopping 9.6 points. Carr also tallied 1,180 in the junior division. The Versailles native has been on a roll lately, winning gold in the 50m prone, and also had a top-10 finish in the women’s 10m air rifle competition. “It was a good week,” said Carr. “I really didn’t have any expectations going into this match, but it turned out very well. All I wanted was to keep it simple and have fun.” “Hanna has a tremendous work ethic,” Kentucky coach Harry Mullins said. “During the summers, she was coming in the early mornings or late evenings training to get ready for this match. Her determination is one of her strong suits. She was sick during the Junior Olympics this spring and was not able to compete. So I think going into this event she wanted to show herself that she can perform at the highest level. She was working towards that before she fell ill in the spring. It has been a pleasure having her as a Wildcat and I think we will continue to see some great things from her during her career here at Kentucky.” Carr won the Junior Olympic championship a year ago and was also a member of the American team that won the women’s Gold medal in 10m air rifle and 50m three-position in the Czech Republic. By winning the national title, Carr has become a part of the National team for smallbore and will be participating in international events on behalf of the United States in the future. With World Cups and World Championships on the horizon, Carr is prepared to make the most of these opportunities. Most of the international events could also be part of the road to Tokyo in the 2020 Olympics. “My plan is to be part of as many matches as I can on the international circuit to qualify for the Olympics which is my ultimate goal,” said Carr. “I hope to train and compete at that level to get to the Olympic trials and reach my goals.”

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