It's trigger time!

JOHN SHORT -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:05 AM ET

Montreal-based Curtis Wenneberg saved the best for last yesterday and took a big step toward a possible third national trap-shooting crown.

With light starting to fade and Tye Bietz and Cynthia Meyer tied for the lead at the Strathcona shooting range, Wenneberg fired a final-round 25 - his second perfect round of the day - to finish with 95 of a possible 100 points.

Bietz, a 22-year-old University of Alberta zoology student, and Meyer, who captured her 10th national doubles title Tuesday, finished three shots back at 92, one better than 16-year-old Giuseppe DiSalvatore of Surrey, B.C., who trailed only Wenneberg after the first 50 targets.

"It was dark and sunny, dark and sunny, and I missed some birds (in the middle two segments)," said the first-day star, vice-president of marketing for G-E Capital Solutions. "But everything came back at the end."

The former Winnipegger grabbed his first Canadian championship here in 1997 and repeated in 1998 before moving to Australia and starting the career that led him to Montreal.

Bietz showed no surprise at the leader's fine round.

"I'm happy with my score," he said when congratulations were offered after a closing 24, "but let's wait until Curtis is finished."

Meyer, who captured her 10th consecutive national doubles crown on Monday, overcame a slow start. She started with a sub-par 20 and then became her consistent self with rounds of 25, 24 and 23.

She made no excuses.

"It was hard to see (targets) in the morning.

"I could say my eyes are exhausted - it was a long day - but my job is to concentrate better."

Others near the top on an almost-windless day included Susan Nattrass at 90, Greg Burgess at 88, Amanda Chudoba at 87 and Alex Gyori and Cal Soiloway at 85.

Meyer, Wenneberg, Gyori and Frank Kurenda had the only perfect 25s on the day.

After each shooter faces 100 targets today and tomorrow, a playoff is scheduled for the top six contenders.


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