Sarah Osborn wanted to take another shot at competing in small-bore .22 rifle shooting. Why not? The 14-year-old Hampton shooting phenom already had won national honors in air rifle.

This included winning individual silver and bronze medals in her age group at previous National Junior Olympics.

But she wanted more. She got it. Now she's a gold medalist and national champion. Not in air rifle, but amazingly in the small-bore competition.

Osborn became a national champ April 11-12 by topping her 14-and-under age group at the USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.

She achieved the feat with a personal-best score of 586 out of 600 the first day, a 581 the second day and then a 102.8 in the finals for a total of 1,269.8 points. That was 10 points higher than the runner-up.

It was an ultra-gratifying victory for a couple of reasons: Osborn had shot at the JO's in air rifle since age 11, but this was her first time competing there in small-bore and at a new distance — 50 meters.

It didn't matter. The Hampton Christian student was fired up for the challenge, stayed focused, and came away with the biggest accomplishment of her shooting career.

"All of my practices paid off when it mattered," she said.

For Osborn, it was an extraordinary accomplishment considering she hadn't shot small-bore in four years — and only for a brief time — until returning to that type of shooting in the past year.

From the beginning, she set her sights on qualifying for the JO nationals. Osborn achieved that goal by becoming the youngest female to win the state small-bore title this past winter. At the time, she was only 13.

Less than a week before the recent JOs, Osborn also excelled in air rifle at the Civilian Marksmanship Program's regional at Camp Perry, Ohio. She finished third there and fourth overall among all regionals to qualify for the CMP Junior Olympic 3-Position Air Rifle National Championships in Anniston, Ala., July 11-17.


With Ashley Lambert as the main attraction, World Class Gymnastics qualified four girls for the Level 10 Junior Olympic National Championships May 10-11 in Minneapolis.

Lambert, Taylor Harrison, Bridget Steffen and Rebekah Conrad earned their tickets by placing among the top individuals in the all-around in their age groups at the Region 7 Championships Saturday and Sunday in Bridgeton, N.J.

Lambert, competing in the Sr. D division, won individual titles on bars (9.6) and floor (9.825) and placed second in the all-around with a score of 38.425. The Menchville High senior also placed second on vault (9.8) and third on beam (9.2).

Harrison, a junior at Tabb High, took the bars title (9.55) and placed fourth in the AA (37.425) in Sr. B.

Steffen finished second on beam (9.35) and fifth in the AA with a career-best 37.275 in Sr. D. Conrad placed second on beam (9.325) and fifth in the AA (36.975) in Sr. C.

Three-time national qualifier Kiera Brown was unable to compete at the regional because of a recent injury.

Qualifying for the National Invitational in Minneapolis on May 12 was Kourtney Chinnery, 10th in the AA (36.625) in Jr. A. Alternates included Akira Ison and Savannah Borman. ...

On Friday, World Class held a college signing ceremony for Conrad and Taylor Le Moal. Conrad, a seven-time JO Nationals/NIT qualifier and 11-time state champion, will continue her gymnastics pursuits on a full athletic scholarship at Arizona State University.