The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Lower East Coast Conference Championships took place this past weekend, Jan 18–19, at Forest City Gun Club in Savannah, Ga. Sixty high school and college students from ten colleges and universities participated in Sporting Clays, American Skeet, and American Trap during the two–day event.
ACUI awarded endowment money for team High Overall ($5000), Runner up ($4000) and Third place ($3000). Top high school teams also received endowment funds for placing first ($3000), second ($2000) and third ($1000) in the team HOA Overall. In total, with the help of Larry and Brenda Potterfield, ACUI gave out $50,500 in endowment and operating funds. The endowment funds will be deposited in the team’s accounts at MidwayUSA Foundation. ACUI and its competitors would like to thank MidwayUSA and the Potterfield’s for their continued support of youth and collegiate shotgun sports. Q-MAXX AK, the latest ACUI Title Sponsor, provided samples free samples of Black Diamond and Q-20 to all of the shooter.
Shelby Lopresto and Julianne Evans from Jacksonville University took first and second in the college women’s sporting clays, scoring 88 and 76 respectively. Meagan Williams, of Florida State University (FSU) placed third with a score of 64.
Kaleb Dorow, from Emmanuel College, scored a 93 to win men’s college sporting clays. Scott Hensley from Jacksonville University and Hunter Daniel from the University of Florida tied for second with a score of 92. In the ensuing shoot-offs, Hensley broke 11 targets to Daniel’s 10. In the women’s division, teammates Shelby Lopresto and Julianne Evans from Jacksonville University, took first and second place with scores of 88 and 76. Third place went to Meagan Williams from FSU with a score of 64.
In the High School Division, Tommy Royal from SCTP of Central Georgia and Franklin Knox of the Brookline Top Shots tied for first place with scores of 93. In the shoot-offs, Royal took first place scoring 10 targets to Knox’s 9. Luke Johnson, from Brookline Top Shots, placed third, narrowly missing the shoot-offs with a score of 92. On the women’s side of the High School Division, Shelby Evans from Oglethorpe County High School took first with a score of 91. Teammates Kristen Jones and Layne Dixon from the Mossy Pond Youth Shotgun Team placed second and third with scores of 76 and 67 respectively.
In the college men’s American skeet competition, Jeremy Jackson of Emmanuel College and Scott Hensley of Jacksonville University tied for first place with a score of 97. Jackson’s 4 targets to Hensley’s 3 gave him first place. Alex Rennert from the University of Florida, a student-coach and member of ACUI’s coach advisory group, placed third with a score of 94. The women of Jacksonville University swept the top places in Saturday’s skeet competition. Shelby Lopresto, scored 91, Erin Felker scored 72, and Julianne Evans scored a 66.
Jonathan Saul, from the Brookline Top Shots, took first place in skeet in the men’s High School Division with a score of 96. Tommy Royal, from SCTP of Central Georgia placed second with a score of 92. Third place was awarded to Franklin Knox from the Brookline Top Shots, who scored a 91. Shelby Evans, of Oglethorpe County High School, continued her strong weekend of shooting and took first place with a score of 95.
Austin Carter, of Jacksonville University, and Andrew Dodds, a member of the newly reformed University of Alabama team, tied for first place with a preliminary score of 93. In the ensuing shoot-off, Carter jumped ahead ending his weekend with a score of 93+24. Dodds took second with a score of 93+22. Richard Young, from Emmanuel College took third place with a score of 86. Shelby Lopresto, from Jacksonville University, continued her dominant weekend taking first place in trap with a score of 90. Amy Gilleon from FSU, placed second with a score of 67. Erin Felker, of Jacksonville University took third place with a score of 65.
In the High School Division of trap shooting, Franklin Knox from the Brookline Top Shots and Tommy Royal from SCTP of Central Georgia tied for first with scores of 81. Knox won the shoot-offs and first place with 22 targets to Royal’s 19. Rounding out the top three high school men, Jonathan Saul, of the Brookline Top shots, scored a 78. Shelby Evans, Oglethorpe County High School, finished her weekend in first with a score of 75.
Scott Hensley from Jacksonville University won the men’s college High Overall award with a score of 276. With a score of 269, the women’s college High Overall award went to Shelby Lopresto, also from Jacksonville University.
In the High School Division, Tommy Royal from SCTP of Central Georgia won the men’s high school High Overall with a total weekend score of 266, edging out the runner up by just one target. Shelby Evans from Oglethorpe County High School finished the weekend with a score of 261 and took home the women’s high school High Overall.
Jacksonville University completed their weekend by taking the college team High Overall award with a score of 1320. The team Runner up award went home with the University of Florida team, who scored a combined 1190. Third place went to FSU with a final team score of 1061.
The Brookline Top Shots won High Overall among the high school teams. Second went to SCTP of Central Georgia, and third place to Oglethorpe County High School.
College Teams represented: The University of Alabama, Emmanuel College, Florida State University, The University of Florida, Jacksonville University,
High School Teams represented: Brookline Top Shots, Lake Oconee Shotgun Team, Mossy Pond Youth Shotgun Team, Oglethorpe County High School Trap and Skeet Team, SCTP of Central Georgia
Image courtesy Association of College Unions International