LOUIS, Mo. – Midland University’s Shotgun Sports team put on yet another stellar performance last week during a four-day stay at the Lindenwood Invitational.
The Warriors placed second out of six teams at the “Lindy 500” in St. Louis after posting a team victory in Skeet and two runner-up finishes in Trap and Super Sporting shoots.
Fort Hays State posted an overall team score of 2280 to finish the shoot atop the leaderboard. Midland’s final score of 2268 was just 12 points shy of a tie for first, while host Lindenwood University finished third with a score of 2218.
Midland posted a team score of 734 in Skeet, just five points ahead of both Fort Hays State and Lindenwood. The Warriors posted a Trap score of 716, just three points behind Fort Hays State, and a Super Sporting score of 818, which was again second only to Fort Hays State.
The top five Skeet shooters that earned the event victory for Midland included River Kelly (148), Kaleb Scherer (148), Jake McThenia (147), Anthony Borders (146), and Lake Heaton (145). Shaun Mallett and Maria Settimi each tied with Heaton with scores of 145.
Kelly and Scherer’s scores of 148 were tied for the third-highest individual Skeet scores. Hillsdale’s Lucas Pieraccini took the top spot with a score of 150. Settimi posted the second-highest female score with her 145, behind only a 147 from Lindenwood’s Julia Stallings.
In Super Sporting, Midland finished second as a team and was led by Dalton Wilcox’s score of 176, the highest individual score in the event. Cole Collier (162), McThenia (162), Jack Bowman (159), and Scherer (159) finished out the team scoring for the Warriors.
Midland again finished second in Trap with strong performances from Collier (146), Canyon Ferris (144), Mallett (143), Casey Petersen (142), and Scherer (141). Collier was just two points behind Fort Hays State’s Austin Svoboda for the top spot, while Ferris finished in a tie for third.
Svoboda’s overall score of 459 earned him first place in the individual results section, ahead of Fort Hays State teammate Riley Ross, who tallied a 458. Wilcox was close behind and earned the bronze with a score of 456.
Other Warriors near the top of 95-person scoresheet included Collier (T-5, 452), Scherer (7th, 448), McThenia (T-9, 443), Mallett (T-9, 443), Bowman (13th, 439), Ferris (16th, 435), Petersen (18th, 434), and Dalton Ritchie (20th, 431).
Samantha Wagner was the highest-finishing female for the Warriors with a score of 408, the seventh-highest female score.
The Warriors will look to continue their so far impressive season when they travel to the Fort Hays State Invitational in Salina, Kansas this coming weekend on March 16 and 17.