By Kyle Jillson | March 31 2012 08:15
Brian Burrows from UCCS at the ACUI Clay Target Championships

San Antonio, Texas - Brian Burrows from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs was perfect. Firing a flawless four rounds at the ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, the USA Shooting National Team member scored a stellar 100 points to take the top spot heading into the men's finals.

Nipping at his heels was Southeastern Illinois' Matt Perkins followed by four other shooters who managed to fire an impressive collection of 98s themselves. Though eager to claim the International Trap title, their only hope was for the Brian to slip up in the finals, lose his head and fall from his sudden state of grace.

There would be one last round. Twenty-five more shots for the top six shooters. They would have to be perfect and Brian would have to stumble. It was a lot to ask after already taking a 100 shots over the course of the day. But stumble he did.

Brian broke 24 clays in the finals. One short of perfect. But his competition failed to capitalize on the opening. Burrows' 24 out of 25 proved to be enough to secure the 2012 individual men's International Trap championship. That left Matt Perkins of Southeastern Illinois College and Lindenwood's Scotty Layman to battle for second in a shoot-off. Equalling Burrows' 24 out of 25 effort, Layman laid claim to the second place trophy while Perkins grabbed third.

Lindenwood's Sarah Hughes shooting International Trap in San Antonio

Among the favorites for the Ladies Championship was Lindenwood's Sarah Hughes. Entering the finals in a three-way tie for second with teammates Wright and Orle, the only one who stood in their way was Bethel University's Ashleigh Hafley. Sitting above them with a 96, Hafley found herself in the same position as Burrows. But facing five Lindenwood shooters in the finals would prove to be a huge challenge. That's when Hughes found her second wind.

With a final round score of 23, Hughes ended the day with a two point lead and a first place finish. Teammates Wright and Orle finished second and third, respectively, while Halfey fell to sixth.

The Lindenwood Lions also added another team championship in 2012 by once again beating out Texas A&M and Bethel who finished second and third respectively. With the international championships complete, Lindenwood's Casey Van Sant and Sarah Hughes were announced to be the top male and female international shooters.

Today begins the american championships back at the skeet fields starting with American Skeet and wrapping up tomorrow with American Trap.

International Trap final standings are below: 

International Trap Mens Final
1 Brian Burrows UC-Colorado Springs 100+24
2 Scotty Layman Lindenwood 98+24+11
3 Matt Perkins Southeastern Illinois 99+23+10
Robert Ring Fort Hays 98+23+4
5 Caleb Collins Southeastern Illinois 98+23+3
6 James Reed UT-Arlington 98+22

International Trap Ladies Final
1 Sarah Hughes Lindenwood 95+23
2 Brittany Wright Lindenwood 95+22+2
3 Megan Orle Lindenwood 95+22+1
Rachel Hopkins Lindenwood 93+23
5 Eileen Applegate Lindenwood 94+21
6 Ashleigh Hafley Bethel 96+18

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