Shotgun team places second at ACUI Upper East Regionals
November 9, 2019 | Glenn Dale, Md.
Liberty University's shotgun team, defending champions at the ACUI Upper East Coast Regional Collegiate Clay Targets competition, finished runner-up to Emmanuel College for the high overall award in this year's event, held Nov. 9 at the Prince George's County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Md.
The Flames and Lady Flames totaled 1,606 points in the four disciplines of competition: American Skeet (483), American Trap (478), Sporting Clays (425), and Super Sporting Clays (220). That put Liberty just 43 points behind Emmanuel (1,649) in the final standings, ahead of Clemson (1,587), Maryland (1,499), Washington (Md.) College (1,458), Tennessee (1,420), JMU (1,413), George Mason (1,342), and Clarkson (1,177).
Junior Tommy Hartman shot the high score for the Flames in American Skeet, hitting 99 out of 100 targets, followed by freshman Austin Applegarth (98), juniors Justin Johnson (96) and Jacob Davis (95), and senior Landon Dalton (95). Hartman and Applegarth were third and fourth overall behind Emmanuel's Avery Biles and Colton Evans, who both shot rounds of 100.
Lady Flames freshman Victoria Hendrix also shot a 95 and placed second out of 20 women in that event.
In American Trap, junior James Bushnell (97) was Liberty's top shooter, followed by sophomore Jonathan Britton (96), sophomore Carl Pongs (96), Applegarth (95), and junior Elizabeth Wesner (94). Bushnell and Britton placed third and fourth behind Evans and Washington College's Nathaniel Neuland, who also shot rounds of 97. Wesner and Hendrix (89) were the top two scorers out of 20 women.
Applegarth (89) was Liberty's most accurate shooter in the Sporting Clays event, followed by Davis (86), Pongs (84), Bushnell (83), and freshman Elijah Labrozzi (83). Hendrix finished second among women with her round of 80.
In Super Sporting Clays, Bushnell (47), Pongs (46), Davis (45), Labrozzi (42), and Hartman (41) were the Flames' top-five with Bushnell and Pongs finishing first and third, respectively, out of 85 men's shooters.
Senior Maggie Woelffer (40) was the Lady Flames' top scorer and she placed second among 16 women.
Complete results are available online.