The Clemson University Shotgun Club won four National Championships at the Association of College Unions International (ACIU) Target Championships at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, March 27 – April 1, 2012. Competing in the event were 57 colleges and 520 individual shooters.
Team members are Brandon McMenemy, Civil Engineering; Katherine Stansell, Biological Sciences; Elizabeth Dukes, Psychology; Austin Mogy, General Engineering; Hunter Baughman, Microbiology; Player Aston, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology; David Tucker, Economics; Jack Rogers, Agricultural Engineering and Business; and Austin Rodgers, Construction Science. Team coaches are Rick Willey, School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, and Ed Prater, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.
The Clemson team won National Championships in International Skeet, International Trap, American Skeet, and American Trap. The team placed second in Sporting Clays and 5-stand. Overall, the team was runner-up in the Division III National Championship (all events combined). The team lost to the former Division III Champions by only four targets.
"I am very proud of all the team members both on the range and off. They worked very hard for this event and their hard work paid off. They all returned to Clemson ready to practice even more to be better prepared for next year,” said Willey.
The Clemson University Shotgun Club is supported by the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences. The team practices at the Pickens Bend range, made available for their use by the department of parks, recreation and tourism management.
About the Association of College Unions International Target Championships
The ACUI Clay Target Championships program provides a quality experience for students that teaches them fair play, concentration, logic skills, and enhances interpersonal relationships. This furthers ACUI's goal of creating meaningful communities. For over 40 years, ACUI has partnered with the host facility, sponsors, and schools from across the United States for this event. This is the only collegiate event featuring International Skeet and Trap, American Skeet and Trap, five-stand and sporting clays.