WICHITA, Kan. – Midland University opened up the season down in Kansas at the Wichita State Shocker Classic. The team came out and shot respectable scores against six other schools: Lindenwood University, University of the Ozarks, Hastings College, Wichita State University, University of Missouri and Pratt Community College.
In American Skeet, the Warriors shot a 482/500 placing 2nd as a team. Contributing scores to the event were Casey Petersen, Canyon Ferris, and River Kelly with 97’s, Jack Bowman with a 96, and Dalton Ritchie with a 95.
In the American Trap event, the Warriors faired very well with more solid scores. Jace Garza, Canyon Ferris and Bradyn Snell shot 99’s to help lead the team event. River Kelly and Charles Wachtel also contributed to the team score with 98’s. Midland took 1st as a team for the event while Jace Garza took runner-up in the event as an individual. Canyon Ferris took 1st in AA class, Snell took 2nd in AA class and Wachtel took 3rd in AA class.
Sporting Clays saw the Warriors make a statement on the course. Senior Jack Bowman led the team with an impressive 94/100 while also finishing 3rd as an individual. Other contributing scores included Kaleb Scherer and Jace Garza with 92’s and also Canyon Ferris and Luke Schlesselman with 89’s.
For the HOA, the team placed 3rd over the weekend’s events. On the individual side, two Warriors placed in the top 10. Senior Jack Bowman was tied for 3rd andjunior Canyon Ferris was 7th.
“For the first shoot of the year, we had freshmen that stepped up and shot really well and our upperclassmen shot great.” said head coach Bret Erickson. “We have room for improvement and some small things to address but overall, it was a solid performance by our team.”
The team heads back to Kansas this upcoming weekend. This time to Hays, where they will compete against rival Fort Hays State and several other schools in the Fort Hays State Invitational.