GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — The Cowley Trap Club successfully experienced its first taste of competition last weekend in the ACUI Upper Midwest Conference Championships.
“Overall, the weekend was a great learning experience for the team and I,” sponsor Landon West said. “With the trap club being new and the first time competing in the ACUI, everyone was learning on the fly.”
Jacinda Call, Jeanie Gage, Seth Gibbs and Griffin Rogers were first to shoot Saturday afternoon for the Tigers. The temperatures were decent most of the day, but just before shooting they began to drop and the wind started to pick up.
“It was nothing that we haven’t experienced this fall, but I think we were just a little behind the bird and missed a few opportunities,” West said. “Missing a lot of the practices to work, Jacinda impressed me and was still able to shoot well with minimal shooting this fall.”
Sunday morning weather was anticipated to be perfect, with temperatures expected to hit mid 40s under sunny skies. However, the 9 a.m. start brought overcast skies and cool temperatures for Seth Wichert and Duke Kelln. Both shooters started a bit slow.
“I think they were fighting a little bit of excitement as they were competing in their first competition; nonetheless, as they continued through their rounds they began to settle in and started hitting; finishing with decent scores,” West said.
Emma Speer, a freshman from Cedar Vale, was the last shooter Sunday for Cowley.
Speer was the squad leader with a group from Iowa Lakes. Round one she hit 21, second round 24, then came a perfect third round of 25 and she finished the last round with 22, giving her a total score of 92 and placing her in a tie for third, which eventually led to a shoot-off in College Women’s American Trap.
Speer shot a respectable 21 of 25 in the shoot-off against two Concordia University athletes, coming up just short and landing her in a tie for fourth place.
“I am proud of the effort everyone put forth. We didn’t shoot the scores we have been experiencing at practice, but we were there and we had an opportunity; and for that, we were all thankful,” West said.
The public is invited to come out and meet the team and surrounding high school programs during the Cowley Trapshooting Invitational on Saturday at DuckCreek in Winfield. Shooting begins at 10 a.m. and includes the Cowley Trap Club, as well as local high school district programs from Winfield, Cedar Vale/Dexter, Douglass and Wellington.
Donations will be accepted for admission that will go to support each school’s shooting programs. Food and drink purchase will be available on-site.
Men (153 competitors)
36t. Duke Kelln 13+18+17+14 = 62.
46t. Seth Gibbs 14+16+11+9 = 50.
47t. Seth Wichert 8+9+14+18 = 49.
50t. Griffin Rogers 9+12+14+10 = 45.
4t. Emma Speer 21+24+25+22 = 92+21.
15t. Jacinda Call 23+19+17+20 = 79.
28t. Jeanie Gage 13+12+16+15 = 56.