Two Sullivan County Natives Heading To 2016 Summer Olympics In Rio

Sullivan County with a population of around 6,500 people has 2 Sullivan county graduates that will be competing on one of the world’s largest sporting stages in August.

Josh Richmond will be competing in his second Olympics in Men’s Double trap. Recently, he won the gold in the world cup that was held in Italy. In 2014, he won the world double trap title.

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In double trap shooters, stand with their shotguns typically a 12 –gauge, over under models – at a series of five shooting stations set 16 yards back from where the targets are thrown. The targets fly about 50 to 60 yards down the range before an on –target shot breaks them apart.

At age 5 Josh shot his first shotgun and at age 11 he began shooting competitively. Josh is currently a member of the US Army Marksmanship Unit from Fort Benning, GA. In 2012 he placed 16th the London Games in double trap. In 2010, he was the World Championship Gold medal and equaled the world Record.

Josh shoots a Perazzi 12 gauge shotgun. Currently, he is taking classes on line from Troy State University.

Sullivan County native, Morgan Craft is on her way to her 1st Olympics in Rio. Morgan is a graduate of Sullivan County High School. In 2015, she graduated from Lindenwood University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and is now pursuing a seat in DeSales University’s physician assistant masters program.

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Morgan began her career at the North Mountain Shooting club. Over the past eight years Morgan has came up through the ranks of international skeet shooting. Starting in 4H and SCTP (scholastic clay target program) she shot throughout her high school career and went on to college to compete also. She has been on the US National Team for the past 4 years and has traveled across the world competing in World Cups from Peru and Guadalajara to Dubai and Spain and beyond.

Morgan earned a 2016 Olympic Team nomination in September 2015 through USA Shooting’s Olympic Points system as a result of her World Championship gold performance in Italy and backed by silver and bronze-medal performances in back-to-back World Cup events prior to that in 2015. She didn’t finish outside the top-eight internationally once in six events in 2015. She started off 2016 with her first World Cup gold in Cyprus in March.

Morgan will be competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 12. Morgan is from Muncy Valley.

Outside shooting Morgan enjoys hunting, traveling, and skiing. Growing up she was heavily involved with various conservation organizations such as National Wild Turkey Federation, Safari Club International, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited.