Team brings home title for the fifth year in a row
Hillsdale College congratulates the shotgun sports team, which took top overall honors at the Division III Association of College Unions International (ACUI) 50th Annual Clay Targets Championships in San Antonio, Texas. Held March 26 to March 31 at the National Shooting Complex, the ACUI tournament hosted 804 competitors from 83 colleges across the country.
“I am proud of every member of this team,” said Mike Carl, head coach for the shotgun sports team. “Everyone prepared well for the tournament. They put in the work to be really consistent under pressure, and that showed during the competition. It’s exciting that the team has maintained an excellent level of performance from year to year.”
Hillsdale’s nine-person team posted a total score of 2,401 to beat 24 other Division III teams. This is the fifth consecutive Division III national championship for the Chargers, and the sixth in seven years. The Chargers took first place in five events: sporting clays, super sporting, international trap, international skeet and American skeet.
In the individual open standings, which combine all shooters regardless of division, senior Drew Lieske placed third, breaking 569 out of 600 targets. Senior Jordan Hintz finished with a score of 554, which secured him the 16th overall position. Both shooters earned a position on the NRA Open All-American team, with Lieske named to the first team. Lieske became the first Charger to make the All-American team all four years of his college career.
A full overview of the Chargers’ performance:
- ACUI 2018 Collegiate Clay Target Division III National Champions
- Sporting Clays, Division III Team Champions
- Super Sporting, Division III Team Champions
- International Trap, Division III Team Champions
- American Skeet, Division III Team Champions
- International Skeet, Division III Team Champions
- Drew Lieske, Individual 3rd, International Combined Champion