Sarah Osborn Wins USA Rifle Shooting Nationals

Hampton’s Sarah Osborn, the nation’s top high school recruit in rifle shooting, won the USA Shooting 3PAR match in Camp Perry, OH on June 22-23.

The 3PAR is a three-position precision air rifle match, and an event which the recent Summit Christian Academy graduate captured last year.

With the win, the 18-year old completed her junior career as a three-time National Champion for USA Shooting, and two-time national champion for CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) 3PAR precision air rifle. In August, Osborn will begin her collegiate studies at West Virginia University. She will also be the prized newcomer for the Mountaineers rifle squad, which won its fifth consecutive NCAA rifle team title in March.

At the time of her signing last November, Mountaineer rifle coach Jon Hammond said, “We’re really excited to add Sarah to the WVU rifle program. She has shot at the national level for many years. Sarah is not only a talented shooter, but she’s also very motivated and a hard worker. She also places a lot of value in academic success. Sarah is a great fit for this program.”  

Osborn, who learned how to shoot as an eight-year old when her father bought a BB gun for her older brother as a Christmas present, scored a 591 out of 600 possible points. Although the score was somewhat lower than usual for her, it was good enough to put her in second place entering the finals, where she matched Justin Kleinhein of Ohio shot for shot, before finally overtaking him to win by .02 points.

Osborn’s performance helped to propel her Patriot team, which also included Michael Zanti, Shae Cardwell and Owen Goad, to a second-place team finish of 46 teams.