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ACUI/USA Shooting Bunker Event Results

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 31, 2012)

ACUIUSA Shooting’s (USAS) special Bunker Trap competition and the ACUI Sporting Clays and Five-Stand competition kicked off the Association of College Unions International’s (ACUI) 44th annual Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships for 537 students in San Antonio on March 27.

The invitation-only USAS Bunker competition had 22 competitors from eleven colleges.  The National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, was the host site for the 2012 ACUI Championships. Due to time restrictions and fields, participation was limited to a maximum of 36 collegiate competitors. Athletes were required to be current members of USA Shooting (USAS) and have competed in at least one USAS sanctioned bunker competition in 2011.

International trap is one of the three Olympic shotgun events at the summer Olympic Games (trap, skeet and double trap). The small number of collegiate bunker trap competitors demonstrates the lack of international bunkers available to collegiate athletes who aspire to the Olympic dream. For more information on the fifteen Olympic shooting events, please click here.

On March 27th, Jake Wallace from Lindenwood University, claimed first place in the first ACUI/USAS Bunker Trap competition with a score of 91/100 targets despite the overcast conditions.  Four other athletes tied at 89 targets.  Tension was high as each took their turn in the shoot-off. When the smoke cleared, Dakotah Richardson from Pikes Peak Community College took second place, James Reed from University of Texas – Arlington took third, Joshua Burge of Weatherford College took fourth and Morgan Harbison of Texas A&M took fifth place. Texas was well represented in the top five.  

Of the 22 bunker competitors, six were women.  At the end of a grueling day of 100 targets, Katelyn Bonn and Megan Orle tied for first place, each with 81s.  In the shoot off Bonn of Portland State University took first place and Orle from Lindenwood took second. Rickelle Pimentel from University of Missouri claimed third with a 79.  Eileen Applegate from Lindenwood University took fourth, Megan Greco from Schreiner University took fifth and Haley Green from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College came in sixth.  These six young ladies showed the spectators that this is not just a men's sport--they have Olympic dreams too.

The Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships is the only national tournament in which collegiate shooters may compete in six different clay target events within the same program.  The events include International Skeet, International Trap (wobble and now bunker), American Skeet, American Trap, a walking course sporting clays and Five-Stand Sporting Clays.

Tournament sponsoring partners include Midway USA, Midway USA Foundation, the National Shooting Sporting Foundation (NSSF), the National Rifle Association (NRA) collegiate and School Programs, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) and USAS.

The 59 schools represented at the shoot come from 32 states. The 22 percent growth in overall participants this year continues to build on the increased popularity of the sport.  Seven new schools attended this year’s event, including eight shooters from Ecclesia College who received an NSSF grant to attend.

Competition in the championships will run through April 2 at the National Shooting Complex.  For complete bunker event results, please click here.

ACUI has organized the Collegiate Clay Target Championships for 44 years. For the last 27 years, the event has been held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. To learn more about ACUI visit their website at http://www.ACUI.org/claytargets.

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.

 

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