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    November 10, 2021 Glenn Dale, Md. RSS |

    Liberty University’s shotgun team captured first place at this past weekend’s ACUI Upper East Coast Regional Championships at the Prince George’s Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Md., to qualify as a team for the March 19-26 ACUI Collegiate Clays Target Championships at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.

    Team captain Justin Johnson mingles with fellow Flames senior Elijah Labrozzi (right) and members of Virginia Tech’s team.

    The Flames and Lady Flames earned the High Overall Award (HOA) as a combined team competing against eight other colleges and universities. Additionally, team captain Austin Applegarth was the runner-up Men’s HOA individual shooter, firing a 403 total out of a possible 450 points, and fellow junior William Stewart placed third in the Men’s HOA standings with a score of 397.

    Lady Flames senior Victoria Hendrix won the women’s Super Sporting (41) and Sporting Clays (68) divisions and was the Women’s HOA winner with a 359 total while graduate Chloe Sterner won the American Trap (93) and Double American Skeet (44) divisions to place third with 353 points.

    The Flames and Lady Flames finished first in the Super Sporting Clays standings (225), ahead of Washington College (215), Virginia Tech (209), Maryland (193), George Mason (182), and JMU (180), led by junior Carl Pongs (48). He also fired the Flames’ high score (91), followed by Stewart (89) and Applegarth (87), to help them land in first place in the Sporting Clays competition with a 436 total, ahead of the Hokies (412), Army (393), Washington (381), George Mason (358), and Maryland (351).

    Liberty placed second as a team in the American Skeet competition with 474 points, behind only Washington College (485), led by Applegarth’s perfect score of 100. Hendrix and Pongs tied for second with 94 and Stewart and Max Henderson rounded out the top five with scores of 93.

    In the American Trap division, Liberty placed third behind Army (463) and Washington (456) with 454 points, paced by Sterner (93), Henderson (92), and Stewart and junior Ethan Goodman (91).

    Applegarth, Goodman, and freshman Harrison Russell shot rounds of 45 to tie for Liberty’s high individual scores (45) in the Doubles American Skeet event, followed by Pongs and Sterner (44), as the Flames’ and Lady Flames’ 223-point total placed them second behind Washington (229), as they were in the Doubles American Trap standings, 212-190, with Applegarth shooting an individual team high of 40.

    Complete results are available online.

    Liberty had a program-best runner-up showing in Division 3 at last spring’s ACUI Collegiate Clays Target Championships, just 10 points behind Hillsdale (Mich.) College and will contend for their first national title in Texas in late March.