The 2012 SCTP International Style National Team Championships were held July 24 – August 1 at the United States Olympic Training Center clay target shooting venue at Fort Carson. This year’s event attracted over 100 athletes representing 17 teams from 12 states around the country. Each athlete was presented with a National Shoot t-shirt, patch, commemorative yearly attendance pin and sponsor goody bag upon registration.
Friday morning was arrival day for the competitors. The fields were open for practice and the competitors meeting was held under blue skies in excellent weather.
Saturday morning brought out the Skeet and Double Trap athletes. The Skeet competitors shot 75 targets on three fields while the Double Trap competitors were shooting 100 targets on two other fields. The winds picked up in the afternoon, which began moving the targets around and created a bit of a challenge for the athletes shooting later in the day. The Skeet athletes finished up their final 50 targets on Sunday morning and prepared for the Finals.
Michael Cates (Colorado) with the TSSC Bears #1 Team captured the Gold Medal in Men’s Skeet shooting 117/125 and 25/25 in the Final for a total of 142/150. The Silver Medal went to Jakob Keldsen (Indiana) with the Hoosier Gun Swingers #3 who shot a 117/125 and 17/25 in the Finals for a total of 134/150. Will Hinton finished third with a 111/125 and 23/25 in the Finals for a 134/150 total.
In Ladies Skeet, Emily Cates (Colorado) with the TSSC Bears #1 won Gold with a total of 113/125, Carolee Schwarzer (Massachusetts) of the Walpole Sportsman’s Association got the Silver Medal shooting a 101/125 and Sydney Carson (Indiana) with the Hoosier Gun Swingers #1 shot a 100/125 for the Bronze. No Ladies Final was held.
The Double Trap competitors had to wait over an hour to shoot their final 50 targets due to bad weather. Once the weather cleared and the final totals were tallied up Chris Weber (Georgia) of Team BCC came out on top shooting, 131+41=172 for the Gold, Nate Lundie (Massachusetts) of the Minute Man Sharpshooters, 124+42=166 won the Silver, and the Bronze went to Jordan Hintz (Wisconsin) of the Burlington H.S. Demons, 123+40=163.
In Ladies Double Trap, Carolee Schwarzer (Massachusetts), of the Walpole Sportsman Assoc. finished 1st shooting a 95+36=131. 2nd Place went to Grace Hambuchen (Massachusetts) of the Minute Man Sharpshooters who finished 86+35=121 and Mariah Kerr was 3rd shooting an 87+29=116.
The Bunker Trap competition got underway on Monday morning under blue skies and a strong breeze. Over 60 athletes toed the line to shoot their first 75 targets.
The competition really started to heat up on Tuesday and in the end less than six targets separated the Men in the Finals. Taking the Gold was Corey Spruill (Missouri) of the Gateway Claybusters with 116+21=137. Silver went to Nate Lundie (Massachusetts) of the Minute Man Sharpshooters with 113+22=135 and Will Hinton (Georgia) of Team BCC captured the Bronze, shooting 115+19 =134.
In Ladies Bunker Trap, Grace Hambuchen (Massachusetts) of the Minute Man Sharpshooters, shot 94+14 =108 for the Gold. Carolee Schwarzer (Massachusetts) of the Walpole Sportsman Assoc. took the Silver shooting 86+18=104 and Katlyn Lawson (Georgia) of Team BCC captured the Bronze Medal shooting 85+13=98.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of this great event….CZ Firearms, Americase, Shamrock Leathers, ATK Federal, Bob Allen, Noble Sport Ammunition, and Zanders Sporting Goods.
The SCTP would also like to thank USA Shooting, especially Wanda Jewell for all her help as well as the following individuals; John Mullins (Range Management), and all the Resident Athletes, Chief Referee, Stan Marubayashi (CA), Amanda Krueger, Referees Vern Hayden (AZ) and Max Oliver (CO), and all the Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Parents for all their help and support.
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