GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Midland University’s shotgun team concluded a phenomenal fall season with a conference championship at this weekend’s Association of College Unions International Conference meet. The Warriors won the Upper Midwest Conference shoot with an overall team score of 1643, a whole 30 points ahead of second place Fort Hays State University. It is the second victory of the fall season for Midland as the Warriors never finished lower than second place in any team event in 2018.
The Warriors shot their way to three outright wins in American Skeet (490), American Trap (484), and Sporting Clay (428) events, and also tied for first with Fort Hays State in Super Sport (241).
Two Warriors claimed individual titles as junior Luke Schlesselman recorded a perfect score of 100 in American Skeet, defeating Fort Hays State’s Riley Ross in a shootout, 8-7.
Junior Maria Settimi won the women’s American Skeet event with a score of 97, beating Oklahoma State’s Morgan Scott 4-3 in a shootout.
Eight Warrior men finished in the top 20 out of over 140 shooters in the final overall standing. Those finishers included Cole Collier (3rd, 327), Dalton Wilcox (4th, 324), Shaun Mallett (T-7, 318), Bradyn Snell (9th, 317), Lake Heaton (10th, 315), Dino Manuel (11th, 314), Dalton Ritchie (13th, 312), and River Kelly (19th, 309).
Fort Hays State’s Ross won the men’s overall championship with a total score of 342.
On the women’s side, three Warriors placed in the top third of all individual shooters. They consisted of Karlie Hubbard (7th, 290), Samantha Wagner (9th, 282), and Settimi (11th, 280). Concordia University’s Erin Lokke was the highest overall female with a total of 310.
In each event, the top five scorers per school have their scores count towards the team’s overall score. Midland shooters whose totals qualified for team scores included Schlesselman, Collier, Wilcox, Mallett, Snell, Heaton, Manuel, Kelly, Settimi, Anthony Borders, Canyon Ferris, and Hunter Edwards.
The Warriors finish the fall season on another high note after seeing a lot of team and individual success. The spring schedule is still to be completed, but the Warriors certainly have proven to be some of the toughest shooters to compete with in the entire country as they enter the winter break.