Shooting teams debut at Upper East Coast Regional in Md.
November 11, 2017 | Glenn Dale, Md.
Liberty University's men's and women's shooting sports teams combined for a fifth-place finish out of nine collegiate programs at their first competition, the Nov. 11-12 Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Upper East Coast Regional Championships held at the Prince George's County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Md.
Seven men's shooters and one woman competed for the Flames and Lady Flames in the Collegiate Clay Target Shotgun Bowl Series event.
Sophomore Tommy Hartman placed 11th out of 73 shooters with 255 points to pace the Flames in the Men's High Overall standings, based on aggregate totals from 100 targets each in American Trap, American Skeet, and Sporting Clays.
He was followed by freshmen teammates James Bushnell (15th with 253 points), Jonathan Britton (22nd with 247), and Jacob Davis (25th with 246), followed by junior David Lancaster (33rd with 236), sophomore Landon Dalton (56th with 202), and freshman Logan Hutson (68th with 176).
Freshman Chloe Sterner was Liberty's only female representative at the shoot. (Photo by Liz Wessner)
In the women's division, freshman Chloe Sterner placed ninth out of 19 contestants with 231 points.
They led Liberty to a fifth-place team showing with 1,237 points behind Emmanuel College (first with 1,328), U.S. Military Academy (second with 1,327), Maryland (third with 1,254), and James Madison (fourth with 1,239) and ahead of George Mason (sixth with 1,223), Tennessee (seventh with 1,202), Washington College (eighth with 1,103), and Hampden-Sydney (ninth with 1,093).
Individually, Tommy Hartman was the Flames' high scorer in men's sporting clays, tying for seventh place, and Sterner finished fifth in women's sporting clays.
"For the first time they all shot together in competition, they did very well, and now that they know what they have to do. They will do nothing but get better from here," said Dave Hartman, executive director and head coach of the first-year program. "They had first-time jitters, they were nervous, but they rose to the occasion and overall, they were very good representatives for the university. They were very high spirited and had great hearts."
He said the team will continue to grow and there will more than likely be changes in the lineup as it prepares to compete at the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships, set for March 26-April 1 in San Antonio.
"We have 30 members on the shotgun team and a lot of really good recruits coming in for next year," Hartman said.
He is working out the details of bringing JMU's shooting sports team to Liberty for a scrimmage competition at the Liberty Mountain Gun Club in early December, possibly the day after a "meet the team" event set for Dec. 8 at the new range, which has completed phase one of a five-phase project.