On the second day of shooting, Lisa Munson sliced and diced Jessie’s lead from fifteen to five points. Harrison was off to a strong start in the morning, increasing her lead by ten points after Lisa Munson suffered a miss on Stage 16, 'Hosing'. That victory was short lived as Jessie snagged a no-shoot on the next stage dropping all but one of those newly acquired points back to Munson.
Problems for Jessie on Stage 19 when she had some misses on the activating steel and had to make up some extra hits on the bobbing target. She ran the gun dry earlier in the stage than she had planned causing her to stop while reloading to avoid over-running the targets on the left of the stage.
Jessie’s remaining five stages were solid performances though grabbing back all but eight of the thirty points she had lost.
Carina Burns-Randolph jumped over Tori Nonaka to take third place. Solid, consistent shooting is Carina's strength and it paid dividends on the second day. A devotee of Cross-Fit, Carina’s fitness level is unquestioned, but a long day of shooting caused some issues as she suffered from a series of uncharacteristic misses on the last three stages. Despite those minor hiccups she was able to move within forty-six points of Lisa Munson. With some big stages on the final day, the title was within reach.
The gremlins again hit Nonaka’s purple Glock causing the slide to lock back throwing Tori off her rhythm. When the gun was working she was on par with the rest of the squad, but a few too many of these malfunctions and she was forced to swap to her backup gun (something she had to do in the Limited-10 match as well). Tori would finish the day in fourth place, nineteen points back from Carina.
Day three beckoned and Lisa was within five points of victory, and Jessie knew it.
"I knew I had the lead after the first day, and going into day two. I had a few stages that I was not happy with, and knew that I had either given up my lead, or made it extremely close. Going into the third and final day, I was aware of the points separating us, and knew I had to perform my best that day." - Jessie Harrison.
When the clock stopped, so had Lisa's chance of victory as she dropped 38 points to Jessie Harrison. It was a cruel and brutal end to a phenomenal match performance. Lisa fought to the very end, driving hard on Stage 1 she took back seven of those points, but pushed too hard in a last frantic effort on the final stage, earning a miss and a no-shoot. It was a valiant effort and a lesser competitor might have given up after such a malfunction, but Lisa is a fighter.
Carina Burns-Randolph increased her lead on Tori Nonaka to 39 points after the short Stages 3 & 4. Then Tori kicked it up a notch, slowly eating away at the lead, she took back three points on Stage 5, took eight more on Stage 6, another eleven on Stage 1 and finally down to just five points after finishing the match on Stage 2. Both shooters were making mistakes as they pushed each other to the limits on the final day, but Carina just managed to hold her off.
For Jessie, she retains her Limited title after an exceptional day of shooting. I asked her about the final stages of the match.