COLUMBUS, Ohio – The top male and female athletes in Handicap Trap were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2016 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions.
Honored for their ability to break clay targets on the Trap fields at the SCTP Nationals were women shooters Carey Garrison (Crossville, Tenn.) of the Cumberland County Clay Crushers in the Rookie Division with 189; Ella Kurrus (Kirkwood, Mo.) of Team Henges in the Intermediate/Entry Level Division with 171; Ainsley Harrington (Barlett, Tenn.) of the St. Agnes Shooting Stars in the Intermediate/Advanced Division with 180; Tomi Ownby (Scottsdale, Ariz.) of the Ben Avery Clay Crushers in the Junior Varsity Division with 172; Madeline Kittrell (Oakdale, Tenn.) of the Cumberland County Clay Crushers in the Varsity Division with 178; and Shelby Simmons (Brighton, Tenn.) of the University of Tennessee – Martin in the Collegiate Division with 169.
Among the men competing this year the top performances came from Noah Fleischer (Theresa, Wisc.) of the Flyway Clay Slayers in the Rookie Division with 163; Gavin Morawetz (Waterford, Wisc.) of the Waterford Wolverine Shooting Team in the Intermediate/Entry Level Division with 180; Thomas Keeshan (Princeton, Iowa) of the North Scott Trap Team in the Intermediate/Advanced Division with 198; Max Bunning (Plymouth, Minn.) of the Wayzata Youth Clay Target Club in the Junior Varsity Division with 193; Zach Smith (St. Charles, Mo.) of the Gateway Claybusters in the Varsity Division with 193; and Benji Felder (Jacksonville, Fla.) of the Jacksonville University Sporting, Skeet & Trap Team in the Collegiate Division with 175.
Held July 9-16 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio, nearly 2,200 athletes representing 28 states faced more than 961,000 clay targets during eight days of competition in the shooting disciplines of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is a youth development program in which adult coaches and other volunteers use the shooting sports of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays, as well as the Olympic disciplines of Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles and International Skeet to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. Nationally, there are nearly 13,700 students and more than 2,900 coaches from 43 states participating in the Scholastic Clay Target Program.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (SSSF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the National Governing Body for the Scholastic Clay Target Program. SCTP was started by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in 2001.