Shooting team takes sixth at nationals

04 April 2019

The Pratt Community College shooting team traveled to San Antonio, Texas last week for the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships. The Beavers took sixth as a team with sophomore Joshua Dixon leading the Beavers, shooting 497 out of 600 targets.

This was the largest championship turnout with almost 1,000 students representing 92 schools.

Four freshman and four sophomores represented the Beavers. After shooting practice rounds Monday and Tuesday, the Beavers opened the championships with international trap and skeet. Only the top three shooter’s scores are calculated into the team score for the international events.  

Freshman Dru Butler led the team in international trap, shooting 76 out of 100. Chase Bunyard and Dixon both shot a 75 for a team total of 226. The Beavers placed sixth in the event.

Dixon, Bunyard and freshman Spencer Heise posted the top three scores in international skeet. Dixon led the team shooting an 80 out of 100, Heise posted a 76 and Bunyard shot a 70 for a team total of 226. The Beavers placed third in the event. Connors State College took first with a team total of 265.

The top five shooters scores were calculated into the final four events.

Pratt took eighth in super sporting clays. Dixon again led the team, shooting an 82. Butler shot a 75, freshman Drew Kratzer shot a 72, Heise shot a 70 and Kamron Welsh shot a 69.

The Beavers also took eighth in American Skeet. Dixon only dropped ten targets, posting a 90 and shooting a perfect round of 25 straight. Heise was second with an 84, Kratzer and Butler both shot an 81 and Bunyard rounded out the team with a 76.

In sporting clays Pratt placed fifth with a team score of 343, finishing just one clay behind the Auburn University Clay Shooting Club. Dixon was first for the Beavers, shooting an 81. Kratzer finished with a 73. Bunyard and Heise both shot a 66 and Butler finished with a 57.

The wind picked up on the final day of shooting and the Beavers were one of the last teams to shoot. Kratzer and Dixon only dropped 11 targets, posting 89’s. Butler shot an 81, Heise shot an 80 and Bunyard broke 78 targets for a team total of 417.

Audri Martin was the only female shooter for Pratt this year. She shot several personal bests, shooting a 71 in American skeet, 80 in American trap, 48 in international skeet, 49 in international trap, 67 in super sporting clays and 56 in sporting clays.

Sophomore Marcus Sanders also represented the Beavers for his first collegiate shoots. Sanders improved a lot over the week, shooting a 28 in international trap, 41 in international skeet, 40 in super sporting, 64 in sporting clays, 62 in American trap and 62 in American skeet.