Southwestern Community College's sports shooting team came home with a top-three finish from the 2017 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships, March 28-April 2, at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, TX.
Southwestern placed third in the nation, Division 4 category, in 5 Stand. The top five scores are taken for each team for team standings. Southwestern's top five finishers were Justin O'Grady, Hunter Anderson, Clayton Dale, Blade Smith, and Treavor Elwood. According to Spartan Head Coach Marc Roberg, it was the first time any of these individuals had shot 5 stand.
In addition, Southwestern placed sixth in the nation, Division 4, in the following categories:
- Sporting clays-Team members Smith, Elwood, Nathan Woosley, O'Grady, and Dillon Bailey. Roberg said it was the first time for shooting sporting clays as well.
- American Skeet-Team members Dale, Anderson, Hunter Albers, Tanner Howard, Cole Harder, and Weston Brokaw.
- American Trap-The top five are taken as the team score: Elwood (98), Smith (97), Anderson (93), Albers (93), and Woosley (93). According to Roberg, the field was extremely tight and the Spartans were just eight birds out of a second place. Roberg was proud of the team for having six personal bests shot in trap and six individuals with better than 90/100.
The Spartan men's individual honors from nationals follow:
- Trevor Elwood tied for 38th in the men's open division.
- Blade Smith tied for 79th
- Nate Woosley, Hunter Anderson and Hunter Albers tied for 208th.
There were 398 shooters in the men's open division for American trap.
In the women's division:
- Jessica Aupperle tied for 39th in the women's open division with a 91
- Sydney McElfish ran her first 25 straight on the last house and shot a 79 for 70th place.
There were 83 shooters in the women's open division.
In summary, Roberg said he couldn't be prouder of his team for the way they represented SWCC on and off the field.