Flames shooters earn bronze in International Skeet, Trap
February 25, 2018 | Fort Benning, Ga.
Liberty University's first-year shooting program entered 10 competitors in Saturday's and Sunday's Eastern Championships at the Army marksmanship unit range on base at Fort Benning (Ga.), earning bronze medals for third-place team showings out of 11 teams in both the International Bunker Trap and International Skeet competitions.
Martin Methodist (Tenn.) finished first and Emmanuel (Ga.) College took second in both events in a 77-shooter competition that also featured Alabama, Florida State, Georgia College, Arizona, Vanderbilt, Grand View (Iowa), Southwestern Community College, and a team from the USA Shooting Center in Tennessee.
The event served as a qualifier for the International events at the March 26-April 1 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas. Though none placed in the top three to earn automatic bids, three Liberty shooters — freshman James Bushnell, sophomore Tommy Hartman, and freshman Chloe Sterner — could receive provisional bids to compete in those events at the national competition.
Regardless, Flames Head Coach Dave Hartman plans to take all 10 members of his travel team to Texas to compete in the American sporting clay events — the 5-stand, Sporting Clays, American Skeet, American Trap, and introductory Super Sporting Clays. Team members will also compete in introductory International Skeet and introductory International Trap events at nationals if they don't qualify for the primary International competitions.
In the International Skeet, Bushnell placed seventh out of 58 shooters with a 98-point total, followed by Hartman (ninth, 93), sophomore Casey Williams (15th, 81), freshman Jacob Davis (22nd, 76), freshman Jonathan Britton (27th, 73), and junior Josh Lancaster (28th, 72).
In the International Bunker Trap men's competition, Bushnell finished sixth out of 68 contestants with a total score of 100, followed by Lancaster (15th, 88), junior Richard Allen (21st, 81), sophomore Landon Dalton (24th, 79), and Hartman (27th, 73). Among women, Sterner placed sixth with a score of 83.