Crosman Hosts USA’s Largest Regional Field Target Match July 15, 2013 Featured, Field Targets, Press Releases Twitter0Facebook0LinkedIn0 Team USA Overwhelms Team Canada, Team Venezuela Medina Wins 3rd Straight WFTF Piston Title Rushton Wins WFTF PCP Title Sauve Wins Quigley Challenge in Double Overtime The 2013 Northeast Regional Field Target Championship (NRFTC), hosted by Crosman Corporation, concluded with international teams from Venezuela and Canada competing alongside Team USA. Over one hundred competitors participated in the two-day airgun match, single day air pistol match and Quigley Bucket Challenge. “What began as a helping hand to a local field target club has grown into the largest regional competition sanctioned by the American Field Target Association” said Mark DeBoard, Crosman’s Shooting Services Manager, of the event hosted by the company on their Bloomfield, New York campus. See all the photos from the event on our Flickr page. Crosman Corporation first hosted the event in 2010 when the traditional site became unavailable. The event has continued to grow year after year. The 2013 NRFTC had more youth shooters than in past years including 8-year old Tyler Post and his brother, 12-year old Brent. They were accompanied by their father and grandfather. Sixteen year old Sydney McDaniel began shooting with her father, Sean, and this event was her first competition. And there was 16-year old A.J. “JrSquirreler” Stewart who first competed last year, traveling with his aunt and a cousin. This year his father came along after spending time in the sport with his son. The big draw was Team USA as they prepare to attend the World Field Target Federation Championship in Germany in August. Nine members of the 15-member team were on hand including past NRFTC champions Hector Medina, Greg Sauve and Harold Rushton. They were joined by five shooters of Team Venezuela and when a few Canadian participants formed Team Canada, the international side match was on. Scores were based on the team aggregate and after Day 1 it was Team USA (41.33) leading Team Canada (38.83) and Team Venezuela (36.80). Anchored by Rushton, Sauve and Ray Apelles, Team USA took the weekend with an aggregate score of 88.66. Team Canada finished with 78.66 and Team Venezuela posted a 72.60. WFTF Piston Hector Medina won his first NRFTC WFTF Piston title in 2011 and successfully defended it the following year. After Day 1 he was in a dead heat with fellow Team USA member Keith Knoblauch and just three points ahead of Art Deuel. “Lanes 16-30 are deceptively difficult,” commented DeBoard. “Situated along the front lawn of the campus, depth perception on the hillside and especially the wind, which can get pretty squirrelly over there, make those lanes the toughest of the two sides.” Sunday was a broiler in terms of both the heat index and the competition pressure cooker. Medina shot a 47 to finish with an 86, six shots better than Knoblauch. 1-15 16-30 TOTAL Hector J Medina 47 39 86 Keith Knoblauch 41 39 80 Arthur Deuel 30 36 66 Tom Peretti 39 27 66 Veronika H. Ruf 35 28 63 WFTF PCP Harold Rushton drove 14 hours from Alabama to make this year’s Northeast Regional. “Crosman does a great job, the top shooters are here and to have Team Venezuela here gives it a world-class atmosphere which is good preparation for the worlds next month,” said Rushton. He led by just one point after the difficult front side of Lanes 16-30, ahead of Dan Brown who scored a 53. Rushton commented that a lead is nice after Day 1, “but these are some of the best shooters in the country.” He was right. A third of the class finished with over 100 successful shots. 1-15 16-30 TOTAL Harold Rushton 58 54 112 Greg Sauve 55 52 107 Paul Cray 58 48 106 Dan Brown 50 53 103 Ray Apelles 51 49 100 Tim MacSweyn 53 47 100 Neil Younggren 49 45 94 Luis Nevett 44 42 86 Jose Perez-Luna 47 38 85 Peter Brooks 52 28 80 Tim Barnes 45 34 79 Dave Bartlett 35 44 79 Ron Carlson 38 41 79 Francesco Porco 30 42 72 Brian Milne 33 37 70 Giuseppe Avanzo 32 32 64 Hunter PCP Field target’s Hunter class is the fastest growing segment of the sport. The class rules allow a shooter to closely replicate an actual hunting setup, from gun to seating to the use of bipods, and is a comfortable entry to the sport. John Tyler posted a 52 to take a one point lead over Chris Helm and a logjam of shooters. But it was Bill Day who rose to the occasion on Sunday to surge forward and finished in a tie with Jerry LaRocca. Bill won in a shootoff. Greg Shirhall finished tied for third with Chris Helm and won the shootoff by default after Helm left the event early. Bill also won in 2010 and placed third in 2012. 1-15 16-30 TOTAL Bill Day 47 52 99 Jerry LaRocca 49 50 99 Chris Helm 51 47 98 Greg Shirhall 49 49 98 John Tyler 52 44 96 Harold Schaefer 46 47 93 Kevin Kunkle 46 46 92 Eric Thesing 46 45 91 Jacob Pattison 40 47 87 Joel Gupta 46 40 86 Robert W Felton, Jr 43 42 85 Joe Erler 40 41 81 AJ Stewart 36 45 81 Sean McDaniel 36 43 79 James P. Wilcox 37 37 74 Glen Thomas 38 35 73 Steve Harding 36 36 72 Sam Harding 35 35 70 Thomas Wade 36 32 68 Spyros Zouzias 36 27 63 Robert W McInstosh 28 34 62 Douglas Rogers 28 30 58 Sydney McDaniel 27 27 54 Craig Evans 26 26 52 Levi Rogers 19 31 50 Vern Post Jr. 23 25 48 Susan Tenney 31 14 45 Edwardo Hysyk 23 17 40 Brent Post 11 15 26 Vern Post Sr. 12 14 26 Tyler Post 9 8 17 Hunter Piston There was nevery any doubt after Paul Manktelow posted a 40 on Day 1. He added a 41 on Day to finish well in front. The drama was in his rearview mirror. Nicolas Gregoris had a handle on second place before his optic gave way. He finished fourth. Jeff Hanson finished strong using a pre-production Benjamin UL77. He’s a design engineer for Crosman and spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning repairing a trigger that let go shortly after the end of Day 1. “It was an old trigger pack we had been using for design, not performance. Once swapped out with a production pack I was able to turn things around,” said Hanson. 1-15 16-30 TOTAL Paul Manktelow 40 41 81 Dean Buczek 19 26 45 Jeff Hanson 15 26 41 Nicolas Gregoris 23 10 33 Eric Brewer 15 11 26 Jim Stewart 2 4 6 Vicky Zouzias 2 3 5 Open PCP Tyler Patner posted the only 50+ score on Day 1 and remained consistent on Day 2 to take the class. Dennis Eden struggled on the open day but a 53 moved him from fourth to second by the end of the event. 1-15 16-30 TOTAL Tyler Patner 49 51 100 Dennis Eden 53 44 97 Matthew Sawyer 47 48 95 Tom Holland 52 42 94 Albert Otter 47 43 90 Hans Apelles 45 44 89 Nathan Thomas 33 35 68 Noel Tenney 35 32 67 Stan Lipinski 33 29 62 Richard Bassett 33 28 61 Doug Diver 26 34 60 Rafael Garrido 31 25 56 Ed Tenney 31 20 51 Open Piston A single point separated Tony Narracci and David Fontaine after Day 1. A second 40+ outing and Narracci was able to pull away. 1-15 16-30 TOTAL Tony Narracci 42 46 88 David Fontaine 37 45 82 Larry Bowne 14 25 39 Pistol The Pistol competition portion of the 2013 NRFTC took place Saturday afternoon on lanes 1-15. Of a possible score of 30, Craig Evans posted the top score for all pistol classes of 24. Dan Brown won the Hands-Supported class. Evans won Hunter, just a point ahead of Hunter (Rifle) winner Bill Day. Jerry LaRocca won the Open class with a 19. Class Score Dan Brown Hands-supported 16 Larry Bowne Hands-supported 11 Matthew Sawyer Hands-supported 11 Joe McDaniel Hands-supported 6 Craig Evans Hunter 24 Bill Day Hunter 23 John Tyler Hunter 21 Joel Gupta Hunter 20 Harold Schaefer Hunter 20 Kevin Kunkle Hunter 19 Chris Helm Hunter 17 Greg Shirhall Hunter 17 Joe Erler Hunter 14 Robert W Felton JR Hunter 13 Hans Apelles Hunter 12 Thomas Wade Hunter 12 James P. Wilcox Hunter 11 Edwardo Hysyk Hunter 8 Jerry LaRocca Open 19 Arthur Deuel Open 15 Richard Bassett Open 11 Ed Tenney Open 8 Quigley Bucket Challenge Always a favorite pre-event competition, the Quigley Bucket Challenge is a re-creation of the dramatic scene in the film “Quigley Down Under” starring Tom Selleck in which Selleck’s character must shoot a bucket at an estimated 700 yards. Scaled for airguns, this equates to a 1.75″ target placed at 55 yards. Shooters must use a 6.5 ft lb rifle using only open / iron / non-magnified sights. The Quigley had 45 shooters try five shots apiece. Just eight hit the bucket and after two overtimes, Greg Sauve was the only shooter to repeat the feat, besting Harold Rushton, Nicolas Gregoris, Dean Buczek, Bill Day, Larry Bowne, David Fontaine and Richard Basset. Mark Your Calendar Dates for the 2014 have already been set: July 11, 12, 13. Book your hotel and make your plans now to be here! Registration will open in February. To see more photos from the event, please visit our Flickr page. Team USA The Post Family Hans Apelles 2 Responses LEE MILLER July 16, 2013 There are no events like this around here ( midwest Illinois ), however, I have been doing some reading on the internet. My comment is — Is it possible for someone that was there to write another short article about the Crosman Event ?? such as — how many targets ? — what were the distances for each target ? — what was the KZ for each target ? — what was the course layout like ? — and a few other etc. thanks, lee miller chunnicutt July 16, 2013 We’ll see what we can gather as far as lane statistics. We did have 30 lanes (15 per side) with two targets per lane. Shooters shot each target twice for a total of 60 shots per day / 120 for the event. Kill zones were full size.