The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Upper Midwest Conference Championships took place this past weekend, Nov. 16–18, at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kan. Thirty-nine students from eight colleges and universities across the center of the country participated in Sporting Clays, American Skeet, and American Trap during the three-day event. This event had 19 first time shooters, and the first collegiate event for two teams– North Iowa Area Community College and East Central University in Oklahoma.

ACUI awarded endowment money for team High Overall ($5000), Runner up ($3000) and Third place ($2000), in partnership with Larry and Brenda Potterfield. Each participating team also received $5000 in endowment money, and the host team from Fort Hays State University received $2500 in endowment money and $2500 in operating funds. 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.

Dr. Duane Shepard, coach of the host team from Fort Hays State University stated, “Students and wife and I enjoyed the ACUI event at Powder Creek. It was a short trip for us, only 3 and 1/2 hours. Management and personnel did a nice job with organizing and running the event. Thanks to all involved”

Tye Smith, from Fort Hays State University, scored an 81 to win men’s sporting clays on a course that many agreed was very challenging. Henry Timmer, of North Iowa Area Community College, placed second with a score of 76. Bryan Hull, Fort Hays State University, rounded out the top three with a score of 74. In the women’s division, Kendall Hostler, from Fort Hays State University took home first place scoring 70 targets. Ashley Nau, also from Fort Hays State University, placed second with a score of 55.  Finally, Taylor German, from East Central University, placed third with a score of 16.

In the men’s American skeet competition, Tye Smith from Fort Hays State University took home the first place medal with a score of 97. Bill Leighton from Fort Hays State University placed second with a score of 94. Finally, Dan Asker, from the University of Wyoming completed the top three with a score of 93.  For the women, Kendall Hostler from Fort Hays State University placed first with a score of 91. Ashley Nau from Fort Hays State University took second place with a score of 89. Rounding out the top three, Taylor German of East Central University placed third with a score of 26.

On their final day of competition, Dan Asker from the University of Wyoming and Robert Ringer from Fort Hays State University both shot a score of 98. The exciting shoot-off, that followed, ended with Asker scoring an additional 38 targets to take first place, while Ring scored just one target less at 37 to take the second place medal. Henry Timmer, from North Iowa Area Community College took home third place with a score of 96. In the women’s competition, Kendall Hostler from Fort Hays State University took the first place medal, scoring 98 targets. Ashley Nau from Fort Hays State University placed second with a score of 96. And rounding out the weekend, Trisha Adams from North Iowa Area Community College took home third, scoring 78.

Tye Smith from Fort Hays State University had an impressive weekend, winning the men’s High Overall award with a score of 264. With a score of 259, the women’s High Overall award went to Kendall Hostler from Fort Hays State University. Both athletes had a weekend of great consistent shooting.

Fort Hays State University completed their weekend by taking the team High Overall award with a score of 1247. The team Runner up award went home with the University of Wyoming, who scored a combined 1239. Kansas State University took third place with a score of 1146.

The next ACUI Championship Bowl Series event is January 19-20, 2013 at Forest City Gun Club in Savanna, GA. Forest City is the country’s oldest continuously operated gun club.

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

For more information, please contact Jake Dawes, recreational and leisure activities coordinator, at 812.245.8058 or jadawes@acui.org or Russ Arnold at 817.690.6194 or rga@ss-consulting.org

Image courtesy ACUI / Shooting Sports Consulting

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