Trap and Skeet Shooters Mark Personal Bests
The VMI club trap and skeet team has had a strong start this semester. -- Photo courtesy of Sgt. Maj. John Neel.
LEXINGTON, Va., Oct. 30, 2013 -- The VMI trap and skeet team is off to a strong start this semester, with winning performances and personal bests at two meets earlier this month.
On Oct. 5-6, 12 members of the 14-member team traveled to Rolla, Mo., to compete in the Miner Invitational. There, the Keydets topped the competition, winning first place as a team in both skeet and doubles skeet.
Recording personal bests at the Miner Invitational were cadets Afton Bricker ’14, 83 in skeet; Charles Curtis ’14, 91 in skeet; Zach Goodreau ’15, 85 in skeet and 78 in trap; Troy Goult ’15, 25 in trap, in a single round; Dave Himot ’14, 86 in skeet; and Jeff Mitchell ’14, 85 in skeet.
The next weekend, Oct. 12-13, the team hit the road again, this time traveling to Manassas, Va., to compete in a meet sponsored by George Mason University. Cadet Ky Schmidt ’15 had an outstanding performance at that meet, hitting 283 out of 300 targets and placing fourth in the overall competition. This was a personal best for him.
“[Schmidt] has been performing at a very consistent pace,” said Sgt. 1st Class William Bart, assistant coach of the trap and skeet team. “For shooters to be competitive they need to average a score of 23 in each round of 25. Ky has gone that in our last two shoots, carrying the team to impressive finishes.”
In addition to Schmidt, others recording personal bests in Manassas were Bricker, 82 in trap; Taylor Hicks ’15, 89 in trap; Goult, first 25 in trap; James Latta ’16, first 25 in trap and two 24s in trap; Stephen Taylor ’16, 89 in trap; and Bryce Teague ’16, 88 in trap.
Bart added that the VMI team’s performance is even more impressive when one considers that other teams have much more time to practice.
“All of the teams we’ve been competing against fire an average of 100 rounds per day per shooter due to the fact that they have freedom to schedule practice at their leisure,” said Bart. “Our shooters are lucky to fire 100 rounds of practice in a week because of the demanding nature of the Corps.”