The Fort Hays State University Shooting Sports Team returned with a sixth-place finish from the National Collegiate Clay Target Championships held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas. The FHSU broke 1,415 targets of a possible 1,600.
The four-day event was organized by the Association of College Unions International, founded in 1914 with the purpose of bringing together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries.
The National Collegiate Clay Target Championships has been held annually for the last 40 years. More than 295 registered competitors took part, representing 38 colleges and universities from across the country, making it the largest collegiate clay target championship event ever held.
The events were American skeet, international skeet, American trap, international trap and five-stand target. The overall team scores were the cumulative total of the American skeet, international skeet, American trap, and international trap events. The five-stand shooting was scored as a separate event.
Tiffany Lovelady, Palco senior, placed fourth nationally in the women's five-stand event.
In the international skeet event, FHSU hit 232 targets out of 300, which earned it a fourth-place team finish nationally. The team was Brett Oelke, Hoxie sophomore, Travis Couture-Lovelady, Palco senior, and Seth Scheuerman, Scott City junior.
American skeet was highly competitive this year. Team members were Blake Hillebrand, Norton junior; Travis See, Scott City junior; Nate Rohleder, Hays senior; Couture-Lovelady; and Oelke. The team broke 467 of 500 targets, placing them 10th nationally. The team's 467 targets were 28 better than lat year, meriting the Ed Migdalski Most Improved American Skeet Team Award.
The three-person team of See, Scheuerman and Hillebrand broke 254 targets out of 300 in the international trap event, earning them a 10th-place finish.
FHSU's American trap team placed ninth nationally, breaking 462 of 500 targets. The team was Couture-Lovelady, See, Hillebrand, Oelke and Scheuerman.
In the five-stand event, Tiger shooters hit 166 of 250 targets, placing the team sixth nationally. The team was Couture-Lovelady, Hillebrand, Oelke and Scheuerman.
This was FHSU's third year competing at the National Collegiate Clay Target Championships. In overall shooting, the team improved 61 targets from their ninth-place finish in 2007 and 17 places from their initial appearance in 2006. The team has been coached since its conception in 2005 by Dr. Duane Shepherd, associate professor of health and human performance, Randy Davis, Hays, and Mike See, Scott City.
Other members of the Shooting Team:
Joseph Boeckner, Hays freshman.
Gabe Bromm, Tekamah, Neb., senior.
Zac Church, Goessel senior.
Steven Haun, Wilson sophomore.
Jeni Newman, Oskaloosa freshman.
Jennifer Norman, Garden City graduate student.