Trap team begins

Members of the Cowley College trap team practice for the season opener Saturday and Sunday at the Association of College Unions International Upper Midwest Conference Championships in Grand Island, Neb.

The Cowley trap club, a newly established student organization at Cowley College, will embark on its first competition of the season Saturday and Sunday at the Association of College Unions International Upper Midwest Conference Championships in Grand Island, Neb.

The trap club was sparked by students with an interest in continuing their passion for trapshooting and shooting sports at the collegiate level. Some of the club members have previously participated in high school shooting programs and some are new to the sport.

The club’s only discipline so far is singles trap; however, going into the conference championship this weekend provides an introduction for members to witness many other disciplines available.

The club’s home field is at DuckCreek in Winfield.

There are eight club members and one manager who have been eagerly preparing by practicing one to two times a week since early October.

“We will be shooting American trap at the conference championships, which will consist of 100 thrown singles,” sponsor Landon West said. “We will have four shooters competing on Saturday afternoon and three on Sunday, with one club member unable to travel this weekend.

“One of the great things about shooting sports is that everyone participates — every club member has their opportunity to have a great day no matter female or male. Scoring is just as much individual as it is team scores.”

Follow the Cowley Trap Club on Facebook @CowleyTrapClub and join them at DuckCreek at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 when Cowley is host to the Trapshooting Invitational. 

The surrounding high school programs have been invited and will compete for men’s, women’s and high overall team trophies. Donations will be accepted for admission to support each shooting program.

The event features trap teams from Cowley, Winfield, Wellington, Douglass and Cedar Vale/Dexter.

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