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Volume 82 | Issue 3
June 2014

Collegiate Clay Target Championships Grows in 46th Year

The Collegiate Clay Target Championships were March 25–30 in San Antonio for the 46th year and served as the culminating event for the 2013–14 ACUI CTC Shotgun Bowl Series. With more students than ever participating, the championships retained their notoriety as the largest gathering of collegiate competitive shotgun shooter.

More than 630 students traveled to San Antonio to shoot more than 282,000 targets for the six major events. The 75 schools represented at the National Shooting Complex came from 33 states. The growth in overall participants continues to build on the increased popularity of the sport and the annual event. There were 14% more students competing compared to last year with 29 new Claysschools represented. One new participating institution, Tarleton State University, sent 30 students to compete in Division I. The most popular event for the students is American Trap; 96% of students participated. Other events included American Skeet, International Skeet, International Trap, Five-Stand Sporting Clays, and Sporting Clays.

Lindenwood University won its 11th championship. The top male athlete was Remington McBee, Schreiner University, and the top woman athlete was Sarah Hughes, Lindenwood University.

“I think my favorite part of the program was announcing that Ladies High Overall Champion Sarah Hughes from Lindenwood University was our winner for the fourth straight year,” said Michelle Smith, ACUI director of meetings and the tournament’s match director. “Her coach, a former ACUI competitor and Olympic athlete, told me it was Sarah’s 22nd time on the podium in her four years at the competition. You have to love that dedication to the sport while a full-time student, too.”

New this year was a daily $500 scholarship sponsored by NRA Sports, the educational and competitive sporting division of the National Rifle Association. This scholarship activity allowed ACUI to award a total of $5,000 to students who may not have had the highest scores each day.

Additionally, score-based awards were increased from $500 to $1,000 each, including the peer-voted best sportsperson. In total, $22,000 in scholarship money was given to the recipients’ institutions for tuition, books, and other education expenses. This is only possible due to the generosity of the 55 sponsors who support the program and continue to see the value in the stature of the athletes, scholarly student achievements, and the recognition of ACUI’s brand.

Alumni of the program were invited for the first time to participate in a special competition that contributed endowment funds to their alma mater.

“We were thrilled to see several alums come out and take advantage of this new idea,” said Jake Dawes, ACUI collegiate recreation and leisure activities coordinator. “I anticipate that the word will get out, and it will be even more popular next year.”

The connection with the alumni allows collegiate athletes to continue networking for future employment, fundraising, and bridging the support from year-to-year and aid teams in staying stable when the student leader graduates.

This alumni element brings the program full circle with the newly instituted outreach to high school junior and seniors to participate in the Shotgun Bowl Series approved by the ACUI Board of Trustees in 2013. This is key to the continued growth of the sport and sponsorships.

The 2014–15 season begins in October and will culminate with the championships March 24–29, 2015. For more information, visit www.acui.org/claytargets.

First-Place Collegiate Clay Target Championships Winners

Full results may be found at www.acui.org/claytargets.

American Skeet

Men’s: Michael Harbin, University of Texas–Austin
Women’s: Katie Lackey, Laramie County Community College
Division I Team: Lindenwood University
Division II Team: Texas A&M University
Division III Team: Schreiner University

American Trap

Men’s: Andrew Feig, Lindenwood University
Women’s: Ashley Nau, Fort Hays State University
Division I Team: Lindenwood University
Division II Team: Fort Hays State University
Division III Team: Arkansas State University

International Skeet

Men’s: Dustin Perry, Texas A&M University
Women’s: Caitlin Conner, Louisiana State University–Eunice
Division I Team: Lindenwood University
Division II Team: Texas A&M University
Division III Team: University of Florida

International Trap
Men’s: Casey Van Sant, Lindenwood University
Women’s: Miranda Wilder, Schreiner University
Division I Team: Lindenwood University
Division II Team: Fort Hays State University
Division III Team: Schreiner University

Five-Stand Sporting Clays

Men’s: Austin Mogy, Clemson University
Women’s: Sarah Hughes, Lindenwood University
Division I Team: Lindenwood University
Division II Team: Texas A&M University
Division III Team: Hillsdale College

Sporting Clays
Men’s: Casey Van Sant, Lindenwood University
Women’s: Ashley Hafley, Bethel University
Division I Team: Lindenwood University
Division II Team: Texas A&M University
Division III Team: Hillsdale College