GRAND ISLAND – Midland University’s shotgun sports team captured the Upper Midwest Conference title at the Association of College Unions International Meet recently.
Midland won the conference shoot with a 1,643 — 30 points ahead or runner-up Fort Hays State.
The Warriors shot their way to three outright wins in American Skeet (490), American Trap (484), and Sporting Clay (428) events, and also tied for first with Fort Hays State in Super Sport (241).
Two Warriors claimed individual titles as junior Luke Schlesselman recorded a perfect score of 100 in American Skeet. He defeated Fort Hays State’s Riley Ross in a shootout, 8-7.
Junior Maria Settimi won the women’s American Skeet event with a score of 97, beating Oklahoma State’s Morgan Scott 4-3 in a shootout.
Eight MU men finished in the top 20 out of over 140 shooters in the final overall standing. Those finishers included Cole Collier (third, 327), Dalton Wilcox (fourth, 324), Shaun Mallett (tied for seventh, 318), Bradyn Snell (ninth, 317), Lake Heaton (10th, 315), Dino Manuel (11th, 314), Dalton Ritchie (13th, 312), and River Kelly (19th, 309).
Ross of Fort Hays State won the men’s overall championship with a total score of 342.
On the women’s side, three Warriors placed in the top third of all individual shooters. They consisted of Karlie Hubbard (seventh, 290), Samantha Wagner (ninth, 282), and Settimi (11th, 280). Concordia University’s Erin Lokke was the highest overall female with a total of 310.
In each event, the top five scorers per school have their scores count towards the team’s overall score. Midland shooters whose totals qualified for team scores included Schlesselman, Collier, Wilcox, Mallett, Snell, Heaton, Manuel, Kelly, Settimi, Anthony Borders, Canyon Ferris, and Hunter Edwards.