CHESTERTOWN, Md. — After a successful fall season, the Washington College trap and skeet team (WCTS), which will become the College's 18th varsity sport next fall, is preparing for its annual trip to the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target National Championships next month.
The team's first competition of the academic year came back in September at the University of Delaware's UDel Back-to-School Shoot. Junior Danielle Murdock finished first in overall trap with a score of 96 (out of 100). Murdock was also the High Overall (HOA) female competitor at the competition with a 173 (out of 200), while junior Val Fischer was the HOA runner-up on the women's side with a 151. Freshman Nathaniel Neuland placed seventh overall and finished fourth in trap with a 93.
In October, WCTS competed at George Mason's Eastern Regional Championships, finished fourth in the HOA team standings out of eight teams. Murdock was the HOA women's champion with a 253 (out of 300), and placed fourth overall and first among women in trap with a 96. Fischer was fifth in the HOA women's standing with a 213. Neuland placed 12th in the HOA men's standings with a 247, while sophomore Conor Ryan was 14th with a 245 and junior team captain Brendan Demas was 20th with a 241.
In November, the team competed at the ACUI Upper East Coast Conference Championships in Glenn Dale, Md., placing eighth as a team. Individual scores from that competition were used to place shooters into classifications for the 2018 National Championships. Murdock and Ryan qualified for A Class. Neuland, Demas, Fisher, sophomore team captain Jordan Ukishima, and freshman Camerin Caraballo qualified for B Class. Freshman Cody Miller will compete at Nationals in C Class. Sophomore Bo Flint is new to the team; since he did not compete at Regionals, he will be placed in Open Class at Nationals.
WCTS will compete at the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target National Championships March 28th-April 1st at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas. The team will host a competition - The Snow Goose - at Schrader's Outdoors in Henderson, Md., on March 18th.