Five shotgun team members qualify for International events
February 28, 2019 | Fort Benning, Ga.
At last weekend's ACUI Collegiate Clay Targets Eastern International Championships and USA Shooting National Qualifier in Fort Benning, Ga., two members of Liberty University's shooting sports team qualified for the International bunker trap finals at the March 25-30 ACUI national championships in San Antonio and four others earned bids to the Junior Olympic Shotgun Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., in June.
Eight collegiate teams and 71 individual men's and women's competitors were at the event, held at the Army marksmanship unit range. Shooters fired three rounds of 25 on the first day and two rounds of 25 the second day to compile their scores.
Sophomores Liz Wesner (first out of six contestants with 84 points) and Chloe Sterner (third, 73) earned podium finishes to become Liberty's first two International qualifiers for ACUI nationals.
Wesner will join sophomore James Bushnell (10th out of 29, 85 points) in the International bunker trap and sophomore Jonathan Britton (fourth out of 31, 102 points) and freshman Justin Johnson (13th, 88) in the International skeet competition at the Junior Olympic Championships, to be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Senior David Lancaster (14th, 80) also finished in the top half of the bunker trap event.
Earlier this month, Mitchell Feaga, a freshman co-captain of the Flames' first-year rifle team, qualified to compete in the air and small bore events at the April 5-12 Junior Olympic Rifle Championships, also to be held in Colorado Springs.