Our Shotgun team has done it again with a dramatic 5th national championship along with many team and individual highlights.
The 2017 ACUI championships started off well for our Chargers Wednesday, March 29th. They took first place in the opening 50 bird Five Stand Sporting Clays event with a total score of 236/250. Junior Drew Lieske and sophomore Matt Grunzweig scored a 49 and 48 respectively, sophomore Rylan Meares a 47, while seniors Jordan Hintz and Kie Kababik both scored 46.
Thursday the team shot a 100 bird International Skeet, arguably the most challenging discipline of the championships. They secured second place in Division 3. The top three scores included Drew Lieske with 94, Kie Kababik with 90, and junior Emmanuel Boyer breaking an 84, making the total score 268 of 300. Only the top three shooters' scores are used for international events.
The third day of competition was the hottest thus far. Friday saw temperatures climbing into the 90s, with clear blue skies and bright sun all day. This was also the day the team had to shoot two events – 100 bird American Skeet in the morning and 100 bird Sporting Clays in the afternoon. But the hot Texas weather wasn't enough to stop our Chargers from rising to the top!
With a total score of 489/500, the team placed second in American Skeet. Seniors Casey Inks and Ian Dupree each shot a 97, Jordan Hintz and Drew Lieske a 98, and Matt Grunzweig lead the team with a 99. Matt's score put him in second place for individuals in Class A.
The team really showed their strengths on the challenging sporting clays course, a course they started and completed during the hottest hours of the day. The team broke 458 of 500 targets, beating their main Division 3 competitor, Schreiner University, by 14 targets. Drew Lieske shot a 95, Matt Grunzweig a 93, and Kie Kababik a 92. Matt also won his shoot out for second place in sporting clays for individuals in Class A.
Saturday, Day 4 of the competition, the Chargers shot the 100 target International Trap event, taking first place in their division with a total score of 297/300. Seniors Jordan Hintz, Kyle Luttig, and Ian Dupre, all broke 99s. Our talented Chargers were only two targets behind the leading Division 1 school, Lindenwood University, for this event.
San Antonio had great weather until Sunday morning, Day 5 of the National Championships. Sunday’s 100 target American Trap event was been moved back to 11:00am. American trap is where our Chargers dominate the competition and have been doing so for the past several years. True to the team Jordan Hintz lead the team with 100 straight, followed by 99’s from Drew Lieske, Kie Kababik, Casey Inks, and Ian Dupre. The team score of 496 tied the top score of the day from any schools. The one target lead Hillsdale held the night before was stretched out to a convincing 9 target win over Div 3 Schreiner for yet another year.
The highlights don’t stop with another national championship. Our 10 member team posted a score of 2244, just 45 targets behind Div 1 winner Lindenwood Univ, with 43 shooters. Our Charger Team Beat every other college at this year’s competition.
Jordan Hintz won the combined trap title after a shoot-off. Drew Lieske won the High Over All title with 531 targets setting a new record for the event. Kie Kababik followed in 2rd with 519, Matt Grunzweig in 5th with 517, and Jordan Hintz in 8th with 515. Ian Dupre also got honorable mention at 508. That is 5 Chargers at the top of over 803 shooters from 80 colleges.