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Thanks to a pair of local kids, Central Oregon was well represented at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships.

COURTESY PHOTO: 4-H/BRAD MELLEMA - The Oregon state 4-H team. Top row: Ben Spangler, Lincoln County 4-H (left); Jonathan Dutton, Lincoln County 4-H (center); Zachary Neuburger, Wheeler County 4-H (right). Bottom row: Austin Garberg, Umatilla County 4-H (far left); Vanya Crumrine, Jefferson County 4-H (center left); Kellen Gronquist, Gilliam County 4-H (center right); Cayden Cormany, Linn County 4-H (far right).

A pair of local youth athletes recently represented the state of Oregon at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships.

The Oregon state 4-H team took seven shooters to the championships, which were held June 26 through July 1 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Four team members, including Vanya Crumrine of Jefferson County 4-H, competed in the shotgun. The other three Oregon athletes, including Wheeler County 4-H's Zach Neuburger, were in the compound archery event.

The 4-H National Championships use a scoring system by which each athlete's score in a given event is divided by the highest recorded score — similar to grading on a curve — with a maximum score of 1.000 for each event. This also applies to team scoring, where each team's total accumulated points are divided by the maximum number of points earned by a single team.

Over three days of shooting, then, a perfect score would be 3.000, meaning that the same athlete or team recorded the high score in all three events. Only one competitor — Logan Wrinkle of Texas, who competed in compound archery — recorded a 3.000 score at 4-H Nationals.

Oregon finished in 20th place out of 30 competing states in the shotgun, scoring 2.4372 percentage points as a team. In compound archery, Oregon took 22nd out of 28 teams, finishing with 2.4560 points. For context, Kansas won the compound archery event with a score of 2.9973, while South Carolina was tops in the shotgun after scoring 2.9614 points.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Vanya Crumrine, pictured at practice with the Madras High School trap shooting team, took 61st place overall at the 2022 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska.Vanya Crumrine — who represents Madras High School in the Oregon State High School Clay Target League and was the top female shooter in the team's conference — made the decision to go to 4-H nationals instead of the OSHSCTL state tournament. It was a good decision, as it turns out, as Crumrine was Oregon's best competitor in the shotgun events. On the first day, she hit 70 sporting clay targets to earn 0.7865 points and then, on Day 2, she scored an 85 in the skeet shooting event, netting 0.8586 points toward her total. In the final event, the trap shooting portion of the program, Crumrine hit 78 targets and scored 0.8125 points.

Crumrine, who will be a senior at MHS next year, finished with a combined score of 2.4576 points, which was good for 61st place overall out of 124 competitors. The overall winner was Turner Parcell of South Carolina, who finished with a total score of 2.9899. Other Oregon shooters in the shotgun events included: Austin Garberg of Umatilla County, 2.3010 points, 77th place; Kellen Gronquist of Gilliam County, 2.2137, 90th place; and Cayden Cormany of Linn County, 2.1617, 96th place.

Over in the compound archery events, Zach Neuburger of Wheeler County 4-H joined forces with two more Oregon representatives from Lincoln County 4-H. Neuburger, who attends school in Spray and was a key part of Wheeler County winning the six-man football state championship as a sophomore, scored 0.5857 points in the FITA round on Day 1, then registered his best score of the weekend with 0.6353 points in the field round the following day. In the final round, where competitors shot at 3-D animals, Neuburger added another 0.4624 points to his total.

In all, Neuburger finished with an overall score of 1.6834 to take 112th place at the national finals. As noted, Logan Wrinkle of Texas won the compound archery competition with a perfect 3.000 score. As for the other two Oregonians in the event, Jonathan Dutton finished in 28th place with a score of 2.6251, while Ben Spangler took 32nd place with 2.6063.

The 4-H National Championships mark the conclusion of the shooting sports season. Next year's national finals will be held once again in Grand Island, Nebraska, with the event taking place June 25-30, 2023.

4-H Shooting Sports National Championships

Grand Island, Nebraska

June 26 - July 1, 2022

Compound archery (team scores) — 1. Kansas, 2.9973 points; 2. Louisiana, 2.8893; 3. Texas, 2.8720; 22. Oregon, 2.4560.

Compound archery (individuals) — 1. Logan Wrinkle, Texas, 3.0000; 2. Barrett Pirtle, Kansas, 2.9211; 3. Madison Ritter, Wyoming, 2.8639; 28. Jonathan Dutton, Oregon (Lincoln County), 2.6251; 32. Ben Spangler, Oregon (Lincoln County), 2.6063; 112. Zachary Neuburger, Oregon (Wheeler County), 1.6834.

Shotgun (team scores) — 1. South Carolina, 2.9614 points; 2. Texas, 2.9502; 3. Georgia, 2.9157; 20. Oregon, 2.4372.

Shotgun (individuals) — 1. Turner Parcell, South Carolina, 2.9899; 2. Phillip Jones, Georgia, 2.9034; 3. Sam Davis, Texas, 2.8623; 61. Vanya Crumrine, Oregon (Jefferson County), 2.4576; 77. Austin Garberg, Oregon (Umatilla County), 2.3010; 90. Kellen Gronquist, Oregon (Gilliam County), 2.2137; 96. Cayden Cormany, Oregon (Linn County), 2.1617.

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