In its first season of competition, the Martin Methodist Trap and Skeet program added a new chapter to its young history when it recently competed at the 46th Annual ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships held March 25-30.
Led by interim head coach Tyler Cox, the RedHawks descended upon San Antonio for their first national competition and wasted little time in making their presence known in the 60-plus team field.
Sophomore Justin Osborne turned in the most impressive performance of the weeklong competition, finishing fourth among the 469 male shooters in the American Trap category. Osborne started his run with a perfect score – 100-of-100 targets – to finish in a seven-way tie atop the leaderboard. In the first round of the shoot-off, Osborne hit all 25 targets to advance with four other shooters to a second shoot-off. In the second tiebreaker, Osborne hit 13 targets, one below the other three shooters for a fourth-place finish.
Osborne’s perfect opening-round score marked the first perfect score in program history for the RedHawks.
Junior Jacob Vickers also impressed for the RedHawks, finishing 36th in the Sporting Clays category. As one of the earlier shooters, Vickers posted one of the highest scores and finished his run inside the top 10 but was bumped down to 36th as the later shooters’ scores came in.
Vickers also shot a 44 and finished 37th in the Five Stand category to help lead the RedHawks.
Freshman Elijah Tolar turned in his best score in the International Trap event, posting an 89 and a 144th-place finish. Tolar also had a strong performance in the American Skeet event, shooting an 89 and finishing 210th.
Fellow freshman Jacob Breitner also impressed, shooting a 94 in American Trap, good enough for 156th place.
And while the RedHawks impressed individually, their combined efforts paid off as the team posted a combined 292 in American Trap, good enough for a bronze medal finish and just two shots behind gold medal winner, Arkansas State University.
“I am extremely proud of the way our young men went out and shot this week,” Cox said. “They were determined and focused all week long and their hard work paid off. For us to represent our young program so well on a national stage is a huge accomplishment.”
The RedHawk male shooters weren’t the only ones who impressed in San Antonio, however.
Senior Brooke Allred led the charge for the RedHawks with a 91 in American Trap, finishing in 44th position. The senior also had a 35th-place finish in International Skeet and a 50th-place finish in International Trap.
Sophomore Waleska Soto also impressed for the RedHawks, shooting a 52 and finishing 34th in International Skeet. Soto also posted an 84 in American Skeet and finished in 52nd position.
Freshman Magen Allred rounded out the lineup for the RedHawks, shooting a 73 in Sporting Clays, an 82 in American Skeet and an 81 in American Trap. Allred earned 51st, 60th and 93rd finishes, respectively.
“Our ladies were terrific this last week,” Cox said. “Brooke, our lone senior, did an amazing job and set the tone for our other two shooters. I was proud of the way they battled all week and kept striving to improve their scores. They improved a lot since our scores in our first event of the year.”
The RedHawks will wrap up their 2013-14 campaign next month when they travel to Paris, Tenn., for the State Junior Olympics May 2-4.