The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Upper Midwest Conference Championships took place, Nov. 16–17, at the Heartland Public Shooting Parking in Grand Island, Neb. This event marked the midyear for the 2013-2014 Shotgun Bowl Series.

The high school students from One Box Rock Crushers, Marian Trap, Grand Island Senior High, the Gibbon Trap Team, Grand Island Central Catholic, Creighton Prep, and Buffalo County 4-H Shooting Sports shot alongside college students from the University of Wyoming, the University of Nebraska-Kearney, North Iowa Area Community College, Midland University, Hastings College, Fort Hays State University (FHSU), and Connors State College. ACUI awarded endowment money for college team High Overall ($5000), Runner up ($4000) and Third place ($3000). Endowment awards for the High School Division were $3000, $2000, and $1000. Each participating college team also received $2500 and the high school teams received $2500 in endowment money. The top three men and women in each discipline, in both high school and college, were also awarded endowment funds. All total ACUI gave out $65,500 in endowment funds. These endowment awards were made possible by the MidwayUSA Foundation and were deposited directly in the team’s endowment accounts.

David Russell, from the University of Wyoming, scored a 94 to win men’s college sporting clays. Bill Leighton from FHSU placed second with a score of 93. Damian Giles, as from FHSU, took third with a score of 92. In the women’s division, teammates Katie Lackey and Racheal Houk from the University of Wyoming, tied for first place with preliminary scores of 87. In the shoot-off Lackey scored 9 additional targets to Houk’s 8, giving Lackey first place. Kilee Hutchison, from FHSU, took third place with a score of 82.

In the High School Division, Jack O’Connor from Buffalo County 4-H Shooting Sports, took first place with a score of 71. Cody Escritt, from One Box Rock Crushers, placed second with a score of 89. Nathan Maginnis, from Grand Island Central Catholic, rounded out the top three with a score of 84. On the women’s side of the High School Division, Lauren Webb from Grand Island Central Catholic took first with a score of 69. Teammates Maddie Worth and Anna Vasko from Marian Trap placed second and third with scores of 65 and 61 respectively.

In the college men’s American skeet competition, Bill Leighton took home the first place medal with a score of 94+1. Second place went to Zac Womack from Midland University with a score of 97+0. Womack’s teammate, Derek Pollock took home third place with a score of 95. Kilee Hutchison, from FHSU, took first place with an impressive score of 97. Teammates Katie Lackey and Racheal Houk from the University of Wyoming, took second and third with scores of 90 and 84.

Cody Escritt, from One Box Rock Crushers, took first place in skeet in the men’s High School Division with a score of 92. Jack O’Connor, from Buffalo County 4-H Shooting Sports placed second with a score of 86. Third place was awarded to Nick Peterson from Creighton Prep, who scored an 82. Lauren Webb, of Grand Island Central Catholic, continued her strong weekend of shooting and took first place with a score of 64. Competing in skeet for their first time, teammates Katie Peterson and Anna Vasko from Marian Trap took second and third with scores of 63 and 59.

On the final day of competition, sustained wind created a new challenge while the trap competition was held. Teammates Damian Giles and Jeremy Denny from FHSU, tied for first place with a preliminary score of 87. In the ensuing shoot-off, Giles jumped ahead ending his weekend with a score of 87+23. Denny took second with a score of 87+18. Harrison Harner, from Midland University took third place with a score of 86. Kilee Hutchison, from FHSU, ended her weekend taking first place in trap with a score of 90. Competing in her first ACUI event, Marissa Christiancy from Hastings College, placed second with a score of 83. Also competing in her first ACUI event, Danielle Green from Midland University took third place with a score of 75.

In the High School Division of trap shooting, Chris Quinn from Creighton Prep placed first with a score of 84. Georg Schutte, of Grand Island Senior High, placed second with a score of 81. Rounding out the top three high school men, Noah Walz, of Creighton Prep, scored a 79. The women from Marian Trap lived up to their team name and swept the women’s high school trap competition. Madison Webster took first with a score of 80, Anna Vasko took second with a 78, and Katie Peterson took third with a score of 75.

Damian Giles from FHSU won the men’s college High Overall award with a score of 273. With a score of 229, the women’s college High Overall award went to Kilee Hutchison, also from FHSU.

In the High School Division, Cody Escritt from One Box Rock Crushers won the men’s high school High Overall with a total weekend score of 254. Lauren Webb from Grand Island Central Catholic finished the weekend with a score of 200 and took home the women’s high school High Overall.

FHSU completed their weekend by taking the college team High Overall award with a score of 1377. The team Runner up award went home with the Midland University team, who scored a combined 1274. Third place went to the University of Wyoming with a final team score of 1251.

The Grand Island Central Catholic team took first in the high school team High Overall with a score of 1070. Second place went to the young men of Creighton Prep, who had a final team score of 1026. Finally, the young women from Marian Trap took third with a team score of 914.

A special thank you to the MidwayUSA Foundation for providing the endowment funds and Q-MAXX AK for providing samples of their products to each team.

ACUI has organized the collegiate clay target championships for 46 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 Association of College Unions International

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