The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) East Coast International Championships took place March 9–10 at the United States Army Marksmanship Unit Trap and Skeet range in Ft. Benning, GA. The ACUI event was one of several events that kicked off the annual week long Army Strong Program.
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 will be deposited in the team’s Scholastic Shooting Trust Account at MidwayUSA Foundation. There were nine colleges that attended including Blinn College, Florida State University, Folsom Lake Community College, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, University of Florida, University of Texas-Arlington, Valdosta State University, and Schreiner University.
Russ Arnold, Shooting Sports Consultant to ACUI stated “We were very fortunate to be invited by the USAMU to take part in this great event. We want to thank Lt. Colonel King, SFC Baxter, Dean Clark, and the rest of the USAMU for making this an unforgettable experience for our college shooters. We look forward to participating in the event again next year.”
This was the second event that ACUI has held using the new ISSF / USAS shotgun rules. With the help of the USAMU the shoot was well run and of course ended on time. Mike Simpson, USA Shooting Assistant National Coach, represented USAS for the Ft. Benning event.
Granger Dewitt, from Texas A&M University, took first place in International Skeet with a preliminary score of 87 and final round scores of 14+13. Second place went to Alex Rennert, from University of Florida, with a preliminary score of 57 and final round scores of 12+9. Jakob Keldsen, from Purdue University, rounded out the top three spots with a preliminary score of 88 and a finals round score of 11+13.
For the women, Brandy Drozd, from Texas A&M University, won first place with a preliminary score of 91 and had a final round score of 13+4. Gayla Gregory, Blinn College, took second with a preliminary score of 87 and final round scores of 13+3.
Sunday saw great competition in International Bunker Trap. Alex Rennert, from the University of Florida, took first place with a preliminary score of 87 and final round scores of 12+9+2. James Reed, from the University of Texas-Arlington, scored an 85 in the preliminary round and kept close with final round scores of 11+9+1 ultimately taking second place. Michael Flores, from Folsom Lake Community College, took third place with a preliminary score of 74 and final round scores of 10+10+3.
First place in women’s International Bunker Trap went to Miranda Wilder, from Schreiner University, who scored a 90 in the preliminary round and 11 in the final round. Brandy Drozd, from Texas A&M University, took second place with a preliminary score of 77 and a final round score of 11.
After a day of International Skeet shooting, Purdue University won the team HOA with a top score of 198. Texas A&M University took second place with a score 178. Blinn College rounded out the top three with a score of 87.
In the International Bunker Trap competition, Florida State University took the team High Overall award with a score of 169. The team runner up award went home with University of Florida who scored a combined 157. Texas A&M University took third place with a score of 156.
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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