Bryan Hull, Wellsville, was part of the Fort Hays State University team that took the Division II Collegiate Clay Target Championships at the national competition of the Association of College Unions International San Antonio, Texas. Tiger shooters broke 2,156 targets out of 2,300 total to win the division and place third overall for all divisions, I, II and III.
Hull is a sophomore majoring in general studies.
The FHSU team won three events outright — International Skeet, International Trap and American Skeet — and placed in the remaining three, taking second in American Trap and Sporting Clays and tying for third in Five-Stand. Team events are not divided by gender.
In all 10 events of the season, including the national championship, Dr. Duane Shepherd, associate professor of health and human performance and team coach, said FHSU either won the high overall or was second.
Shepherd expressed his pride in the team’s accomplishments but not only for that.
“We’re always proud of them,” he said, “not only as shooters but as individuals. They are non-scholarship and put forth their own time and effort. You have to to be proud of them. They have chosen to reach the level they have reached.”
FHSU’s team is a student organization supported by some Student Government Association funding. The team also enjoys community support and engages in various fundraising activities.
ACUI shooting divisions are based on the number of shooters, not the size of the school. The division structure was implemented for the 2011 season.