AFTON – Iowa Central just snuck by Southwestern sports shooting on Saturday, besting the Spartans by 23 points at 486-463.
Iowa Central’s Kyle Coomer grabbed a medal, shooting a 99 for first place. IC’s Eric Long finished second with a 97 by winning a shoot-off and Taylor Nelson placed third with a 97, completing a clean sweep of the men’s medals for the match.
Devin Meeks’ score of 95 was the best for the SWCC men, followed by Blake Binns with a 92.
“Devin’s 95 was a high for him,” said head coach Marc Roberg. “He’s been shooting real well in practice lately and I was really glad to see that. He puts a lot of work into it. ... Blake, he shoots really well any time he shoots. ... He’s just a good, consistent shooter.”
Sydney McElifsh grabbed the first place medal for the Southwestern women, scoring a 95. Amanda Gunderson and Taylor Anderson of Iowa Central were second and third with a 94 and a 91, respectively.
“She (McElfish) is one of those people who has put in a lot of work in over the last two years to become good,” said Roberg. “She’s a third year shooter for us now. ... She has turned into probably one of our best or second best skeet shooters. In traps she’s been shooting lights out lately and for her to win first place with a 95, a high for her, it’s well deserving.”
Taylor Anderson defeated the Spartans’ Courtney Nielson in a shoot-off for third place. Nielsen finished with a 91 also.
Seventh at ACUI Tournament
The Spartans placed seventh at the ACUI Clay Target National Championships on March 25-30 in San Antonio, Texas.
Eight shooters made the trip for Southwestern, including Courtney Nielson who placed 11th-place finish in the women’s open class in American trap. Nielsen finished with a score of 96 out of 100, hitting the 77 consecutive targets in a row to finish her round.
The Spartan team of Nielsen, Binns, McElfish, Meek and Makenna Lilly finished fifth in the trap shoot. Binns’ score of 95 finished just outside the top-25 in Class A, finishing 26th. Meek’s score of 84 was 12th in Class C.
Nielson and Binns shot a 96 and a 95, respectively. McElfish and Lily both totaled 90’s.
The five shooter squad of Binns (90), Lilly (87), McElfish (80), Nielson (73) and Dalton Smith (71) cracked the top-10 in American skeet, finishing 10th. In International skeet, Southwestern finished seventh with the team of Binns (73), McElfish (55), Meek (54), Lilly (47) and Nielsen (43).
Ninety-plus schools attended the tournament with over 900 competitors, broken up into four divisions.
All shooters are classed and individual class placings are against all shooters in that class regardless of what division the shooter’s team is in.
UP NEXT – Southwestern’s next shoot is scheduled for Saturday at the Turkey Valley Range against Northeast Iowa Community College.
Roberg said the group will work on trying to stay consistent with their shots heading into the weekend, hoping for everyone to all shoot well in unison to pull out a victory.