I recently returned from a much warmer San Antonio, Texas after competing in the 2010 Collegiate National Shooting Championships. This year there were over 330 athletes representing over 35 schools from across the nation. Schools ranging from large universities, military academies, all the way down to local community colleges all converged at the National Shooting Complex to compete for first place. The University of Missouri-Columbia has been competing and placing for many years, including a 2nd place rank last year. This year, considered by most to be a rebuilding year, Mizzou still managed to take 5th place and our team also took 3rd in International Trap with an impressive 289 out of 300 targets as well as 3rd in Sporting Clays.
Put on by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), the national championships are the top event of the year for schools, after traveling to other school sponsored shoots throughout the year. Besides Mizzou, there are a few other local schools that took a team as well, including Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla), and the University of Central Missouri. MS&T returned home with a national champion when Adam King won American Skeet with a 100 straight and then winning in a shoot-off.
The event takes place over 5 days with each day featuring new events. Disciplines were: American Skeet, American Trap, International Skeet, International Trap, 5-Stand and Sporting Clays. The event is organized and sponsored by many organizations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), NRA, and Winchester. The event is covered by ESPN-U. This year, Mizzou brought down 13 athletes, who all contributed in one way or another to our 5th place finish. Way to go Mizzou!