The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) West Coast International Championships took place this past weekend, Feb 1–3, at Tucson Trap & Skeet Club in Tucson, Ariz. Forty-three students from nine colleges and universities across the country participated in International Skeet and International Bunker Trap during the two-day event.
ACUI awarded endowment money for team High Overall (HOA) in each event, Champion teams ($2500), Runner up teams ($1500) and Third place ($1000). Each participating team also received $5000 in endowment money. All total ACUI gave out $55,000 in endowment and operating funds. The endowment funds were deposited in the team’s Scholastic Shooting Trust Account at MidwayUSA Foundation.
Russ Arnold, Shooting Sports Consultant to ACUI stated “This was the first national event where the new ISSF/USA Shooting shotgun rules were in effect. When the preliminary scores are no longer carried forward it will add considerable drama to the finals because it is easy for the spectators to keep track of who is leading. This rule change will definitely change both games and the shooter’s overall strategies. The emphasis will no longer be on having a target lead, coming out of the preliminaries, but rather just making it to the finals where both games change considerably.”
We thank Stan Marubayashi, Ron Larson, Jon Ogilvie, the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club referees, Jay Waldron of USAS and all the teams and shooters for their cooperation as we worked our way through the new rules.
Cody Reid took first place in International Skeet with a preliminary score of 93 and a finals round score of 16+14+2. Second place went to Dustin Perry, with a preliminary score of 95 and a finals round score of 16+14+1. Kevin Gruetzner rounded out the top 3 with a preliminary score of 85 and a finals round score of 12+13. All three competitors were from Lindenwood University.
For the women, Katie Lackey from the University of Wyoming won first place with a preliminary score of 62 and had a great final round score of 11+11+2. Morgan Craft, Lindenwood University, took second with a preliminary score of 88 and a finals round score of 12+11+1. Michelle Jack ended the first day of shooting with a third place finish; shooting a 69 in the preliminary round and an 11 in the finals round.
Sunday saw great competition in International Bunker Trap. Casey Wallace from Lindenwood University took first place with a preliminary score of 93 and a finals round score of 13+15. His teammate, Casey VanSant, scored an 83 in the preliminary round and kept close with a finals round score of 12+14 ultimately taking second place. Ian Pentecost, from Hillsdale College took third place with a preliminary score of 85 and a finals round score of 11+12.
First place in women’s International Bunker Trap went to Kendall Hostler of Fort Hays State University, who scored a 76 in the preliminary round and 13+10 in the finals round. Kimberly Bowers from Pima Community College took second place with a preliminary score of 84 and a finals round score of 10+4+8. Ashley Nau from Fort Hays State University took third with a preliminary score of 73 and a finals round score of 10+3+7.
After a day of International Skeet shooting, Lindenwood University won the team HOA with a top score of 276. Fort Hays State University took second place with a score 210. The University of Arizona took rounded out the top three with a score of 187.
In the International Bunker Trap competition, Lindenwood University completed their weekend by taking the team High Overall award with a score of 260. The team Runner up award went home with the Fort Hays State Univeristy, who scored a combined 231. Arizona State University took third place with a score of 161.
ACUI has organized the collegiate clay target championships for 45 years. The Clay Target Collegiate Shotgun Bowl Series was created to provide additional opportunities for competition closer to participating campuses, thereby allowing full team roster participation. To learn more about ACUI, call 4422.ACUI.CT (442.222.8428) or visit www.acui.org/claytargets
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