Texas – -(Ammoland.com)- The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Lower Midwest International Conference Championships took place this past weekend, Oct. 18–19, at the San Antonio Gun Club in San Antonio, Texas. The event was sold out with a total of 72 entries.
ACUI invited local high school juniors and seniors to shoot in a High School Division. The high school students from Victoria County 4-H Shotgun Club, Stilwell High School, and the San Marcus High School shot alongside college students from six area colleges and universities. High school students and their families were able to speak with collegiate coaches and learn more about shooting at the collegiate level. ACUI awarded endowment money for college team High Overall International Skeet and Bunker Trap ($3750), Runner up ($2500), and Third Place ($1500). All total ACUI gave out $56,900 in endowment funds. All funds were deposited in the teams’ accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation.
In the college men’s International Skeet competition Thomas Bayer from Texas A&M University placed first with a preliminary score of 94+15+2 in the gold medal round. Remington McBee from Schreiner University took second place with a preliminary score of 92+15+1 in the medal round. Porter Nash, Texas A&M University, beat teammate Zach McBee in the bronze medal round, scoring a 98+15. The women of Tech Trap and Skeet took first and second. Sierra Stokes took first with a preliminary score of 56+8 in the gold medal round. Courtney Freeman placed second with a preliminary score of 63+6 in the medal round. Finally, Dianna Riddle from Trinity University placed third with a score of 36.
In the women’s trap competition, Miranda Wilder, Schreiner University, placed first with a score of 81+12+14 in the gold medal round. Second place went to Diana Riddle, Trinity University, with a preliminary score of 61+11+2+8 in the medal round. Sierra Stokes, Tech Trap and Skeet, bested teammate Courtney Freeman with a score of 68+11+1+10 in the bronze medal round. Marshall Euler, Texas A&M University, placed first with a final score of 82+12+11. Bradley Laxson from Tech Trap and Skeet placed second with a final score of 80+11+1+9. Finally, Neal Hodges from Schreiner University, beat teammate Remington McBee with a final score of 83+11+0+12.
In the High School division of International Skeet, Tanner Fletcher from Stilwell High School placed first with a score of 28. For the women, Melissa Barringer from Victoria County 4-H Shotgun Club took first place with a score of 72+10 in the gold medal round. Rachel Barringer, placed second with a preliminary score of 55 and 5 in the gold medal round. Terin Fletcher from Stilwell High School placed third with a score of14.
High School International Bunker Trap resulted in Rachel Barringer, Victoria County 4-H Shotgun Club, placed first with a preliminary score of 64+11 in the gold medal round. Melissa Barringer, Victoria County 4-H Shotgun Club, placed second with a final score of 81+10. Terin Fletcher rounded out the women’s competition in third place with a final score of 6. Competing in his only event of the weekend, John Moerke from San Marcus High School, placed first with a score of 76.
Sierra Stokes from Tech Trap and Skeet won the women’s college High Overall award with a score of 124. With a score of 183, the men’s college High Overall award went to Remington McBee from Schreiner University. Melissa Barringer from Victoria County 4-H Shotgun Club took the high school women’s High Overall with a total of 153.
In International Bunker Team HOA, Schreiner University took the HOA with a combined score of 255. Runner-up resulted in a tie between Texas A&M University and Tech Trap and Skeet, both scoring a combined 226.
Texas A&M University completed their weekend by taking the college team High Overall International Skeet award with a score of 280. Runner Up was awarded to Tech Trap and Skeet with a total score of 203. Finally, the Third Place team was the Connors State College with a combined score of 194.
ACUI would like to thank the MidwayUSA Foundation for providing endowment funds for teams. With their support, as well as the generosity of Larry and Brenda Potterfield, the ACUI program continues to reach new students and new teams across the country.
- Connors State College Shotgun Shooting Sports Club
- Sam Houston State University Trap and Skeet
- San Marcus High School
- Schreiner University Trap and Skeet
- Stilwell High School
- Tech Trap and Skeet
- Texas A&M Trap and Skeet
- Trinity University Trap and Skeet
- Victoria County 4-H Shotgun Club
ACUI has organized the collegiate clay target championships for 47 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
Partners for the ACUI Clay Target Program:
Benefactor Partners- MidwayUSA Foundation and MidwayUSA.
Title Partners- National Rifle Association / Education and Training Division, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Texas State Rifle Association, Texas State Rifle Association Foundation, QMAXX AK, National Sporting Clay Association, Winchester Ammunition, Able Ammo / Bornaghi Shot Shells, and Beretta USA.
Gold Sponsors- Promatic Traps, National Rifle Association / Collegiate and School Programs, ATK-Federal, USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports, US Army Marksmanship Unit, Brazos County 4-H & Texas A&M University Booster Club, White Flyer Targets, USA Shooting, and Shooting Sports Consulting.
For more information, please contact Jake Dawes, recreational and leisure activities coordinator, at 812.245.8058 or [email protected] or Russ Arnold at 817.690.6194 or [email protected]
Founded in 1914, ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. Its members work on urban and rural campuses, in two-year and four-year institutions, and at large and small schools. They are students and administrators whose mission is to build campus community. ACUI enriches them all through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services. ACUI considers its clay targets program not only a place to practice skills and compete with student athletes, it also is a place where leadership opportunities abound and scholarships are awarded. It is a living, breathing community on campus, on the field, and at events.