The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) West Coast Conference Championships took place the weekend of March 15–17, at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club in Tucson, Arizona. Fifty- four college and high school juniors and seniors from four colleges and eight high schools participated in Sporting Clays, American Skeet and American Trap during the three-day event.

ACUI awarded endowment money for the college team High Overall ($5000), Runner up ($3000) and Third place ($2000). Each participating college team also received $5000 in endowment money, and the co-host teams from Arizona State University and University of Arizona each received $1250 in endowment money and $1250 in operating funds. In total ACUI gave out $35,000 in endowment and operating funds. The endowment money is deposited into the team’s Scholastic Shooting Trust account at the MidwayUSA Foundation.

The first place HOA team was University of Arizona, second place team was Arizona State University, and third place team was Pima Community College.  Because Pima Community College is an affiliate of the University of Arizona, and they will benefit from the first place endowment money, the Pima team voted to give their $2,000 endowment to Boise State University to acknowledge the 20+ hour trip it took the Boise team to drive to Tucson.  The first place high school team was Sandra Day O’Conner High School and the second place team was Lake Havasu Clay Slayers.

The University of Arizona and Arizona State University invited some of the local high school juniors and senior shooters to participate in this event. It was a great opportunity for the high school shooters to network with the college shooters and coaches. Everyone thought this was a fabulous idea and plans are underway to include this aspect in future ACUI events.

Mark McClure, coach of the University of Arizona Shooting Team had this to say about the event: “This was an awesome event full of good spirited competition and fun. ACUI established a legacy competition between the Wildcats and the Sun Devils that will last far into the indefinite future. We really appreciate ACUI and the Midway Foundation for supporting this great sport and making this all possible.”

In women’s college Sporting Clays, Shaina Bryant, from Pima Community College won first place with a score of 64. Sara Bauer, Boise State University, took second and Shannon Tweedley from Arizona State University rounded out woman’s Sporting Clay with the third place award.

For the men, Justin Uhart, from Texas A&M University, took first place in Sporting Clays with a score of 69. Second place went to Gabriel Cueatas, of University of Arizona, with a score of 66. Joshua Miller from the Arizona State University rounded out the top 3 with a score of 64.

Saturday was the day for American Skeet. For the men, Eric Huelsman of the University of Arizona scored a 90 and took first place, while his teammate Gabriel Cueatas in second with an 89. The University of Arizona made a clean sweep of the top three places when Matthew McClure scored an 81 and placed third.

In the women’s American Skeet competition, Kimberly Bowers from Pima Community College scored an 81 to take first, while Shaina Bryant from Pima Community College placed second with a score of 78. Tracy McKay, also from Pima Community College took third with a score of 42.

American Trap on Sunday proved to be just as exciting as American Skeet the day before. Devon Stickrod, University of Arizona, shot a 97 to take first place. Dustin English from Arizona State University took second with a 96+23 and University of Arizona shooter Jake Kaplan shot a 96+22 for third.

The women also had an exciting day of competition. First place went to Pima Community College shooter Shania Bryant who shot a 92, second place to Sara Bauer, Boise State University, with an 88, and third place went to Kimberly Bower from Pima Community College with a 83.

This was the final Sectional Championship of the ACUI Shotgun Bowl Series for the 2012-2013 shooting year. Visit the webpage below to get information for the ACUI Sectional Championships events for the 2013-2014 shooting year.

ACUI will host the Collegiate Clay Target Championships March 26–31 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas. Visit the webpage below to follow scores and placement throughout the week.

Image courtesy Association of College Unions International

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