WICHITA, Kan. – Midland University’s shotgun sports team opened the season during the weekend at the Wichita State Shocker Classic.

The Warriors had a solid opener against six other schools: Lindenwood University, University of the Ozarks, Hastings College, the Shockers, University of Missouri and Pratt Community College.

In American Skeet, the Warriors shot a 482/500 placing second as a team. Contributing scores to the event were Casey Petersen, Canyon Ferris, and River Kelly with 97s, Fremont Jack Bowman with a 96, and Dalton Ritchie with a 95.

In the American Trap event, Jace Garza, Canyon Ferris and Bradyn Snell shot 99’s to help lead the team event. River Kelly and Charles Wachtel also contributed to the team score with 98s. Midland took first as a team for the event while Jace Garza took runner-up individually.

Ferris took first in AA class, Snell placed second in AA class and Wachtel finished third in AA class.

Sporting Clays saw the Warriors make a statement on the course. Bowman led the team with an impressive 94/100 while also finishing third in the individual standings. Other contributing scores included Kaleb Scherer and Garza with 92s and Ferris and Luke Schlesselman with 89s.

For the HOA, the team placed third over the weekend’s events. On the individual side, two Warriors placed in the top 10. Bowman tied for third and Ferris was seventh.

“For the first shoot of the year, we had freshmen that stepped up and shot really well and our upperclassmen shot great.” MU coach Bret Erickson said. “We have room for improvement and some small things to address but overall, it was a solid performance by our team.”

The team heads back to Kansas this upcoming weekend. This time to Hays, where they will compete against rival Fort Hays State and several other schools in the school’s invitational.

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