Corey Cogdell secures third career Olympic berth in women's trap

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ANCHORAGE Eagle River's Corey Cogdell punched her ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics on Wednesday, out shooting the competition on the final day of the U.S. trials in Tillar, Arkansas.

Cogdell knocked down 49 of 50 targets in Wednesday's qualifying round, and added 121 out of 125 in the finals for an ultimate margin of victory of 15 points over runner-up Ashley Carroll.

The Olympic trials process in women's trap took place in a two-phase format. Part one occurred last fall in Tucson, Arizona, and Cogdell finished that segment of the competition two points behind leader Janessa Beaman of Colorado Springs.

Cogdell quickly made her move up the leaderboard in Tillar, grabbing a two point lead heading into Tuesday's next to last day of the trials. Then on Tuesday's shoot, the Alaskan extended her lead to eight points, an advantage she would not relinquish.

2016 will be Cogdell's third Olympic appearance. In 2008, she claimed the bronze medal and finished 11th in 2012.

She has found career success in Rio before, however, earning a bronze medal there during the 2007 Pan American Games, and a gold at the 2010 Championship of the Americas, also held in Rio.

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