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San Antonio To Host Collegiate Clay Target Championships

The ACUI Clay Target Championships are expected to draw more than 275 collegiate competitors to the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, April 4-8.

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) will conduct its 39th annual Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, April 4-8.  Approximately 275 young men and women, representing more than 30 colleges and universities, are expected to compete in the tournament, which is co-sponsored by NRA.

Featuring an open invitation format for all qualifying undergraduate and graduate students, ACUI’s championship is comprised of five events:  International Trap, International Skeet, American Trap, American Skeet and Five-Stand Sporting Clays.  Men’s, women’s and team champions are crowned in each event, with national champion honors being awarded to the individual and team with the highest combined score in the four trap and skeet contests.  All events are based on a 100-target score, plus shoot-off scores as needed.

Some of the schools that typically send teams to the championships include Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Yale, just to name a few.  But even before the first clay target soars through the South Texas sky, all eyes will be on Lindenwood University, a small liberal arts school in Saint Charles, Mo., which will be aiming for its fourth consecutive ACUI national championship.

“It will be very difficult,” said Joe Steenbergen, Lindenwood Director of Shooting Sports, of his team’s chances of defending its title.  “We’ve been shooting pretty good, but I’d say our chances of winning are fair.  I think it’s anybody’s game.  I really don’t think there’s a favorite this year.”

At the conclusion of the tournament, NRA All-American honors will be awarded to the top 10 shooters with the best cumulative score in the four trap and skeet events.  The All-American award was first created by NRA in 1936.  A $1,000 scholarship will also be awarded by NRA to the most improved high overall team.  Last year the scholarship went to Lindenwood University.

For more information on the tournament schedule, visit ACUI’s Web site at www.acui.org/acui/programs/rec/claytargets.cfm.

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