Lindenwood Lions miss sweep of events by one point on road to history in San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas – For the tenth year in a row Lindenwood University was called to the podium as the first place Division I team of the Association of College Unions International Clay Target Championships. Granted, it's not like they can even fit atop it. Lindenwood has as strong a presence in attendance as it does on the scoreboard. The picture above displays roughly half of their team.
With an overall team score of 2249 out of 2350, Lindenwood University held 50 points over second place Texas A&M University and 121 on third place Bethel University.
But there were so many of them. Shouldn't the score be closer to 20,000? Not quite. The team score only takes into account the highest scoring team from each event... of which Lindenwood won five of six (International Skeet, International Trap, American Skeet, Five Stand and Sporting Clays). Their only loss came to Bethel in American Trap, but even then it was by one point.
This was the Lion's fifth title under Head Coach Shawn Dulohery, who took over for Joe Steenberger 2008.
Featured prominently throughout the events, you could expect to see Lindenwood's familiar colors of gold and black in every finals, shoot-off or among the top shooters in any of the events.
Lindenwood also laid claim to the High Overall Aggregate in both the Men's and Women's categories. Shooting a 506 out of 550, Lindenwood's Sarah Hughes out-shot Bethel's Ashleigh Hafley by 19 points and South Texas College's Shea Self by 26. In the men's division, Lindenwood took first, second and third as Matthew Fuqua's 514 bested teammates Dustin Perry and Colton Raley by two and four points respectively.
Fort Hays State University took home the Division II title after amassing a score of 2156 total. In Division III Clemson University was victorious with a 1443.
Nearly 500 shooters from 63 schools attended this year's 45th Annual ACUI Clay Target Championships at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas. Congratulations to all of this year's winners and many thanks to everyone who came out. These championships are growing into something huge and it's all because of you.