Bowsher Wins 4th National Title
Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas) has a thing for odd-numbered years. The 28-year-old member of the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program, and a resident athlete at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, won his fourth U.S. Modern Pentathlon National Championship title on Sunday on the grounds of the Training Center. All four of his national titles have come in odd-numbered years (2005, 2007, 2009 & 2001).
Bowsher stood in fourth place after three events and entered the combined run/shoot 0:22 behind leader Nathan Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.). But Bowsher turned in the fastest time in the combined (11:10.00) and crossed the line first with a total of 5720 points.
"I was able to run a smart race," said Bowsher. "I wanted to make sure the third shoot was solid and get out before anyone else came in."
Bowsher did just that, needing only seven shots to hit his final five targets, and coasting the final 1000 meters of the run.
Coming in second place was last year's champion Will Brady (Howell, Mich.) who moved up from fifth place after the riding event to finish with 5636 points.
"The shoot was not my quickest," Brady said. "But Dennis and I were trying to work the back hill of the run to catch the Schrimsher brothers."
Nathan Schrimsher, 19, and his 17-year-old brother Lucas Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.), entered the combined event 1-2 in the standings, just three seconds apart. Nathan would finish fourth with 5556 points and Lucas would cross the line in sixth place with 5480.
"The Schrimshers are getting better and better," added Brady. "They will be right in the mix for years to come."
Finishing in third place was 2008 Olympian Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo.) with 5584 total points. Bremer turned in a blistering last 1000 meters of the run to clinch the bronze medal.
"It was just the shooting, I couldn't feel it today," commented Bremer. "Fortunately, my run has gotten a lot better this year. Overall, I felt pretty solid. I just need to get more consistent with my shooting."
Bremer, Bowsher and Brady will be joined by 2008 Olympian Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.) on the World Championship Team that will compete next month in Moscow, Russia. Sacksen finished fifth on Sunday with 5524 points but had international ranking points coming into the event which allowed him to claim the fourth and final spot on the World Championship Team.
Nathan and Lucas Schrimsher were the top two athletes in the junior division. Brendan Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) claimed the bronze medal in the junior division and finished eighth in the overall standings.