Nine individuals recently traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to represent Fort Hays State University at the National Intercollegiate Clay Target Championship, sponsored by the Association of College Unions International.
They competed against approximately 300 students from 33 universities in five different events: American trap, American skeet, international trap, international skeet and the five-stand Sporting Clays event. FHSU placed in the top 12 in each division, including a fourth-place finish in American trap.
"The international events are our toughest challenge," said Dr. Duane Shepherd, associate professor of health and human performance. "International style of shooting is unusual for this region of the country. It introduces a greater variety of height, range and speed to the targets, all which make it more challenging for our team."
This was FHSU's second year in the competition. They went from a 23th-place finish last year to a ninth-place finish this year, resulting in the National Rifle Association Most Improved High Overall Team Scholarship. The team also received the Ed Migdalski Most Improved American Trap team trophy.
"Last year the competition was very new to everyone, but they made great strides in improving. We have a lot of underclassmen and we expect to get nothing but better in our representation of FHSU," said Shepherd.
Students who competed are listed by hometown and classification.
CLAYTON: Blake Hillebrand, sophomore.
HAYS: Nate Rohleder, junior.
HOXIE: Bret Oelke, freshman.
KINSLEY: Beth Young, sophomore.
PALCO: Travis Lovelady, graduate student.
SCOTT CITY: Seth Scheuerman, junior; Travis See, sophomore.
SUBLETTE: Brett Whitaker, graduate student.
TEKAMAH, Neb.: Gabe Bromm, junior.