By Kyle Jillson | March 29 2013 09:36

College kids and their shotguns from day 1 at the 2013 ACUI Clay Target Championship

Shooter takes aim in International Skeet during the ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - While clouds, wind and the threat of rain loomed over yesterday's International Skeet Championships, hundreds of shooters powered through their rounds of skeet to complete 1/4 of the ACUI Clay Target Championships.

For a competition with so many shooters from so many teams, you may be wondering why group photos seem so varied in the schools represented. Why aren't teams shooting together? It's in the rules, of course. Shooters are randomly squadded in International Skeet. ACUI plugs everyone into the computer, hits a button, and squadding is done.

Shotgun shell ejects at station 8 during the ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

Pretty easy on the match staff side, but not so much for the kids who get separated from their friends, or who shoot hours earlier than the rest of their teammates and require everyone to wake up extra early.

But that's International Skeet for you. Both International Skeet and Trap feature random squadding. Things will look a little more homogenous the next couple days when we move to American Skeet and Trap.

For now, as groggy-eyed shooters make their way to the trap fields at the NSSA-NSCA National Shooting Complex here in San Antonio, enjoy some photos from yesterday's competition:

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