Weekend of collegiate Trap and Skeet shooting begins in Texas' Alamo City
San Antonio, Texas - March Madness takes hold as hundreds of student athletes descended upon city of San Antonio for the 45th Annual Association of College Unions International's Clay Target Championships. The Shotgun Championships.
Unlike the NCAA Basketball Tournament, there will be no buzzer beaters, full court press or Sports Center highlights. We have a brand of excitement all our own.
Over the next few days, our student athletes will go head to head with the best shotgun shooters in the world. Contending for national titles in International Trap, International Skeet, American Trap and American Skeet, the competition is intense, emotional and unforgiving. When the final clay falls at the NSSA-NSCA National Shooting Complex, only a select few will have earned the right to reign as champion for the next year.
The tournament has seen sharp growth over the past four years, steadily bringing in more and more teams just itching to shoot. This year will be no different with a jump of 21% as the field increases from 50 to 63 schools.
Additionally, 2013 may play host to some tournament history as Lindenwood University makes an attempt at their tenth consecutive title. Will they hit the even number, or will an upset from rival Bethel University leave them sitting at nine?
Lindenwood holds up nine fingers for their nine consecutive championships
International Skeet begins this morning, culminating in a deciding final between the top shooters this evening.
Where does the National Rifle Association fit into all this, you ask? We sponsor the championships' international events and determine the year's All-American teams. And, like at any good competition, NRAblog is staked out to cover the championships, meet the new faces, check in with the favorites and maybe even get some video.
As long as the weather plays nice, we'll have plenty of clay pigeon action for you through the weekend, but don't be surprised if morning fog causes a delayed start or two.