Shooting teams host dual event with JMU, target regionals
November 3, 2018 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's shotgun shooting sports teams hosted James Madison University in a preseason practice shoot Saturday under clear but windy conditions and surrounded by spectacular fall colors at the Liberty Mountain Shooting Sports Complex.
The event served to prepare the second-year program for this weekend's ACUI Northeast Regionals at the Prince George's County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Md.
The Flames recorded the top six individual men's overall scores — led by freshman Carl Pongs, who won a sudden-death five-stand shootoff with junior Tommy Hartman for first place, 5-4. They had tied at 181 after three regulation rounds, firing at 50 skeet, 50 trap, and 100 sporting clay targets. Pongs hit 45 skeet, 46 trap, and 90 sporting targets to tie Hartman (47, 48, 86, respectively).
Senior captain Josh Lancaster (39-45-85-169) edged freshman Justin Johnson (43-47-78-168) for third place followed by sophomores Jacob Davis (fifth, 42-47-76-165) and Jon Britton (sixth, 33-46-84-163).
"We had a great turnout and a good shoot," Lancaster said. "It's been a little challenging with the wind, especially for trap and skeet because it makes the targets go high and low, all over the place."
|Lady Flames sophomore captain Chloe Sterner placed 13th overall, second among women.|
Among the Lady Flames competitors, freshman Kassidy Keith placed 10th overall (40-44-76-160), right behind Flames junior Casey Williams (34-46-81-161) and freshman Elijah Labrozzi (42-42-77-161), who tied for eighth. (Men and women compete together in shooting.)
Liberty Head Coach Dave Hartman expects approximately 10 teams to be in the field of competitors in Saturday's and Sunday's regional event near Washington, D.C. That event and the Feb. 23-24 Eastern International Championships will serve as qualifiers for the March 25-30 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, where students will shoot in trap, skeet, sporting clays, international trap, international skeet, and super sporting clays.
Last year, Liberty made its debut at the Upper East Coast Regionals in Maryland before placing third at the Eastern Championships in Ft. Benning, Ga., and third in the high team overall standings at nationals.
"This is going to be an amazing year," Hartman said. "Every team we compete against is a worthy opponent. We just have to do the best we can as a team and work together to strive for the highest goals."
Last weekend, Labrozzi and Pongs competed in the Nationals Sporting Clay Association (NSCA) National Championships in San Antonio. Labrozzi placed second out of 70 shooters in the D class of the 28-gauge event while Pongs placed in the top 100 of 1,300 competitors in the master class, which included professionals.