SAN ANTONIO- The Hawkeye Community College Sports Shooting team made the trek South to San Antonio, Texas to kick off their spring season at the ACUI National Championships.
As a team, the RedTails earned their highest team finish, 5th, in both American Trap and International Trap. They also took home 7th in Sporting Clays, 8th in International Skeet, and 9th in American Skeet.
Head coach for the RedTail's Sports Shooting team, Troy Emley, had the following remarks after the conclusion of the National Championships. "Our sophomore athletes: Emily Klein, Jordan Lentz, and Ross Wolken put together solid performances. While first year athletes: Zachary Abbas, and Jared Shadle performed well. We still have room for improvement; many of our athletes have not met their full potential." Emley also went on to state that the team had to overcome some difficult situations regarding the weather and delays, but was proud of how the team responded.
The weather didn't seem to bother Emily Klein, as she put on quite the performance in San Antonio. Klein would earn her best individual placing in the American Trap after she tallied 96 birds to finish 31st overall.
Jordan Lentz also put together a strong showing across all 5 competitions for the RedTails. Lentz earned his best finish in the Sporting Clays, as he would finish 87th in a class with over 300 competitors.
Coach Emley also added the following, regarding the opportunity to travel and compete at the ACUI Championships, "We could not have accomplished this without the support of the Hawkeye Community College community, Athletic Department, athlete parents, Waterloo Izaak Walton League, the Higgins Branchini Grant, and Coach Darrel Phillips. We are going to keep working hard, and stay RedTail strong!"