Shooting team second in All-American Division 4 at nationals
April 4, 2018 | San Antonio, Texas
Liberty University's first-year shooting sports program sent eight student-athletes to compete in a field of more than 800 shooters at last week's ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships, held last Wednesday through Saturday at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.
The Flames finished second out of eight teams in Division 4 in the All-American competition and third overall in the High Team Overall standings, which included International Skeet and Trap events.
"It definitely shows how much we need to improve for next year, but for our first year, we did fantastic," said freshman James Bushnell, who paced the Flames and tied for 174th overall out of 468 men's competitors with 511 points. "It's a great way for us to position ourselves to do even better next year."
Division 4 is reserved for first-year programs and community colleges. If Liberty sends more than 10 competitors to next year's nationals, it can move up to Division 2 or 3.
Bushnell fired rounds of 94 in American Skeet, 90 in American Trap, 80 in International Skeet, 83 in International Trap, 76 in Sporting Clays, and 88 in Super Sporting Clays to account for his 511 points.
Liberty finished third among Division 4 programs in the American Skeet team competition with a total score of 463. Freshman Chloe Sterner, the Lady Flames' only competitor, scored a team-high 95 in that event and sophomore Tommy Hartman (92), junior Bob Allen (92), and junior Josh Lancaster (90) rounded out the Flames' top five performances.
Sterner placed 71st out of 132 women's competitors with a total of 452 points after factoring in her scores of 90 in American Trap, 69 in International Skeet, 69 in International Trap, 63 in Sporting Clays, and 66 in Super Sporting Clays.
"We had a couple surprises, with Jonathan Britton shooting a 99 in American Trap, Bob Allen shooting a 91 in Sporting Clays, and Chloe Sterner's performances in American Skeet," Liberty Head Coach Dave Hartman said. "We had five of our student-athletes shoot personal bests during the week, including Josh Lancaster, and (sophomore) Casey Williams."
Tommy Hartman tied for 185th overall with 509 points after adding in his 93 in American Trap, 79 in International Skeet, 75 in International Trap, 83 in Sporting Clays, and 87 in Super Sporting Clays.
Allen tied for 209th with 501 points combined, including his 90 in American Trap, 79 in International Skeet, 78 in International Trap, 71 in Sporting Clays, and 91 in Super Sporting Clays.
Britton tied for 254th with 491 points, Lancaster tied for 279th with 484 points, Williams tied for 306th place at 475 points, and Dalton tied for 317th with 472 points.
Hartman was also impressed with the way his team members represented themselves and the university at their first national competition.
"Their conduct and attitudes were unsurpassed by any other team," Hartman said. "These athletes are absolutely the best in the world to work with and their performances will give us a great boost for our recruiting efforts."
Complete results are available online.