LINCOLN, Neb. – This may be looked back at as being a watershed moment for Concordia University Shooting Sports. While cracking 1,881 targets as a team, the Bulldogs bested a field of 10 teams at the Midland Ice Out Invitational and won the event. Perennial power and host Midland finished 10 targets behind Concordia at the top of the heap. The event played out Sept. 18-19 at Lincoln Trap & Skeet Club.
Last week the Bulldogs placed behind Midland in a mini season-opening event that also included Iowa Western Community College. Head Coach Scott Moniot’s squad was led by junior Wyatt Hambly in terms of high overall (HOA). Hambly placed as the Midland Ice Out runner up.
The team total of 1,881 was achieved with scores of 439 in sporting clays, 483 in skeet, 234 in super sporting, 241 in double skeet and 484 in trap. Concordia beat out all other opponents in both skeet and double skeet. While the Bulldogs placed first HOA ahead of Midland, Iowa Western finished third, Connors State placed fourth and Doane checked in at fifth.
Hambly hit 373 total targets and placed second HOA behind Midland’s Jace Garza (380). Five other Concordia shooters placed inside the top 10: Rebecca Tierney (371), Colten Uitermarkt (371), Sarah Schwacher (370), Russell Malterud (369) and Erin Lokke (368). Tierney, Schwacher and Lokke went 1-2-3 in terms of female competitors.
Broken down by discipline, the Bulldogs boasted the top shooters in women’s sporting (Schwacher – 91), women’s skeet (Schwacher – 98), women’s double skeet (Tierney – 49), women’s trap (Nicole Breese/Lokke – 97) and men’s double skeet (Malterud – 49). Blake Greckel (49) tied for first in super sporting but finished in second after a shoot-off.
A total of 29 Bulldogs competed in the event. Eleven Concordia shooters knocked out 350 or more targets towards the HOA leaderboard. As the team HOA leader, Hambly shot 89 in sporting, 96 in skeet, 45 in super sporting, 47 in double skeet and 96 in trap.
Up next on the schedule is the Prairie Circuit Classic Fall Championship this Friday through Sunday (Sept. 25-27) in North Platte, Neb. The event serves as a conference championship event and precedes the Concordia Bulldog Sporting Invitational coming up Oct. 3-4.