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Carty hits target on State Championship
June 15, 2018

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Megan Carty of Dysart is the State Champion in pistol shooting for the fifth year in a row in her division and will look to Nationals next month with a goal of a title.

At State, Megan had to shoot through four stages of five steel targets ranging from small circles to big squares at a varied distance After the buzzer sounds, the competitor shoots all five targets as fast as they can on each stage. They will take your four fastest times and then add them. Megan recorded the fastest times in two divisions: 1911 (53.02 secs) and centerfire (53.14 secs). The Steel Shooters of Traer will also go on to Nationals as a team for their accomplishments in 1911.

"My dad and I would go out to our neighbor's house and shoot at targets," Carty said. "Shooting is a fun activity and it's something interesting I can go up to someone and say I've been doing this five years and I've been a State Champion for all of those years. It's unique and I like doing it."

"Megan has always been hanging around me going shooting and when she picked it up I thought it was nice that we could do something together," her father Kory said. "We went to our first practice and they thought her form was good, just that she needed to shoot faster. She's a natural at it and progressed very quickly."

Megan will next compete in Nationals in July located in Marengo, OH to compete against the best in her class. She previously won Nationals in her second year of competing in 2015. The senior from Dysart also has two second places at Nationals, and has never lost a State Championship.

"We've done a lot traveling, going to Ohio and Illinois for shooting," Carty said. "There's a lot of highs and lows and I've switched from a .22 to a nine millimeter and transitioning. Winning state makes me excited for nationals because I'm just one step closer to achieving my dreams again."

Her dream: to win Nationals again and continue to set the bar high for herself.

"When Megan first started shooting, she told me she was going to be a national champion, and I told her let's just go through it and go through her goals first," Cory said. "She won State and she goes 'check, now I'm going to go get my second check and win Nationals'. I never thought she'd be doing that in her second year. I'm proud of how she sets her goals and goes forward to accomplishing them."

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