Shooting teams to host UVA Saturday before ICUI nationals
March 20, 2018 | Lynchburg, Va.
With construction on the new Liberty Mountain Gun Club (LMGC) ongoing and ground soon to be broken on two of three new sporting clay fields, Liberty University's first-year shooting team will have a second opportunity to host a collegiate competition this Saturday when it welcomes the University of Virginia's club team.
"We're going to host UVA for a friendly shoot, a get-together to showcase what our range has to offer and make some new friends with a lot of good will to go around," Flames Head Coach and LMGC Executive Director Dave Hartman said. "Collegiate ranges like this are not that common so we want to share the idea that they can come and train here as needed. As our range grows, we will be able to host larger events and the new sporting clays range will certainly help that come to fruition."
Saturday's competition will help prepare Liberty's travel team for nationals. Immediately after the shoot, nine Liberty team members — freshmen James Bushnell, Jacob Davis, Jonathan Britton, and Chloe Sterner; sophomores Tommy Hartman, Casey Williams, and Landon Dalton; and juniors Josh Lancaster and Richard Allen — will travel to San Antonio for the March 26-31 Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate National Championships at the 600-plus-acre National Shooting Complex. Approximately 70 colleges will be represented.
Bushnell and Sterner both placed sixth in the International qualifying for nationals at the Feb. 24-25 Eastern Championships held at Fort Benning, Ga., narrowly missing the top-five cut for the competition that will start on Monday
"Our shooters will be competing in American trap, American Skeet, Five-Stand, Super Sporting and Sporting Clays, as well as an introduction to International Trap and International Skeet from Wednesday through Saturday," Hartman said. "We're a brand new team and for a couple of our students, this will only be their second competition. It's a lot to digest when you're just starting out, but it will be interesting and a lot of fun."
He believes the Flames and Lady Flames have progressed considerably since hosting JMU for their first collegiate event at the LMGC on Feb. 3 and the regional championship in Georgia.
"I expect them to shoot very well, but the competition is going to be very, very steep," Hartman said. "In the collegiate division, our shooters will also be competing with those members of the U.S. National Team who are still in college. It will raise the team's overall level of competition awareness and ability to compete at the highest level."
Top three individual shooters will receive medals in all categories, and men's and women's team trophies will be awarded.