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FHS grad Sunderman will compete in shooting World Cup

Patrick Sunderman

West Virginia University rifle team member Patrick Sunderman, a Farmington High School graduate, continued his standout collegiate shooting career by competing at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle/Pistol June 24-July 1 at the US Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Ga. One of six WVU competitors in the event, he finished with a score of 1,221 points.

On the first day of the championships, Sunderman came in fourth in the 50-meter bore rifle event, scoring 1,166 points out of a possible 1,200 while taking 40 shots laying down, 40 kneeling and 40 standing. That finish, along with his past performances at national championship meets, helped him earn a spot on the US team for the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup Aug. 8-14 in Gabala, Azerbaijan.

“That match was a pretty good match. It was a little rough the second day, but I ended up having a decent match and I got an email a couple weeks ago about the opportunity to go to the World Cup,” Sunderman said. “It’s the biggest match I’ve ever been asked to be a part of, and it’s been a goal of mine to make it to the Olympics, so I was really excited because this is huge stepping stone for how to get there.”

Sunderman, also a member of the National Guard, is looking forward to the opportunity to represent the US in a different capacity.

“In the National Guard I get to serve the country,” he said. “Being able to represent it in the sport I’ve done for years is a good feeling.”

Sunderman will begin his senior year at WVU in the fall. The Mountaineers are coming off their third straight and record 17th national title at the NCAA Championships back in March in Fairbanks, Ak.

Sunderman was a three-time state rifle champ while at Farmington.