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Spartans place at national sports shooting event

SAN ANTONIO — The Southwestern Community College sports shooting team placed 15th in trap shooting during the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate Clay Target Championships here March 25-30.

There were approximately 70 colleges and universities competing in the event.

The Southwestern sports shooting team had three squads, consisting of five students each, qualify to compete at the national shooting event.

The Blue Squad consisted of Ethan Joliff, freshman from Indianola; Ben Fox, freshman from Newton; Heath Evans, freshman from Diagonal; Matt Mitchell, freshman from Indianola; and Trenton Cheers, freshman from Indianola.

The Red Squad consisted of Jordan Brand, freshman from Indianola; Cami Feehan, freshman from Albia; Chisum Downing, freshman from Creston; Katie Fuller, freshman from Osceola; and Billy Ellis, sophomore from Weldon.

The White Squad consisted of Colton Offield, freshman from New Virginia; Morgan Knorr, sophomore from Savannah, Mo.; Chase McDonald, sophomore from Chariton; Katie Konsitzke, sophomore from Chariton; and Amanda Spencer, freshman from Bedford.

Joliff and Evans each finished 95-of-100, just three targets short of qualifying for the Olympic training camp. Two of the Southwestern women — Feehan and Fuller — finished in the top 100 for women. Six of the Southwestern men's competitors shot their best scores ever.

"For this being our first year of competition, I am extremely proud," said Charlie Mundy, Southwestern head sports shooting coach. "To face the competition we faced and have a number of our student-athletes shoot their best scores ever, that says a lot about the caliber of our team."

This is the first year for the Spartan sport shooting team. The Southwestern sports shooting team has traveled throughout the academic year to shooting events, competing against teams from across the midwest. The team is open to men and women. The college's sports shooting team holds practices at High Lakes Outdoor Alliance in Afton.

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