Tennessee’s competitive shooting program has become one of the most successful in the nation, with multiple athletes pursuing Olympic-level competition around the world. Now, for the first time ever, a female trap shooter has won the Grand Champion title at the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (TNSCTP) State Championships in Nashville.
Nearly 1,400 male and female athletes from 87 schools around the state participated in the event, held at the Nashville Gun Club, which featured trap, skeet and sporting clay squads and individual competitions in age divisions ranging from middle school to college.
The Cumberland County Clay Crushers also made quite an impression, placing in the top three 35 times across all divisions, the largest team margin by far. State championship wins included the High Overall Male in Varsity Trap (Aaron Conrad 100/100); Junior Varsity Trap Squad; High Overall Female in Junior Varsity Trap (Taylor Webb 100/100); High Overall Male and Female in Intermediate Trap (Wesley Stover 93/100 and Emillee Golden 85/100); and Rookie Squad, Team and High Overall Female Trap (Carey Garrison 86/100).
In Skeet, Cumberland County won the High Overall Junior Varsity Female (Taylor Webb 96/100) and Rookie Female (Carey Garrison 79/100) championships. Webb (84/100) won High Overall Female in Junior Varsity Sporting Clays, and Garrison (61/100) won the Rookie High Overall Female in Sporting Clays as well.
Other top-performing squads included Henry County No Fly Zone, with 19 top-three finishes and McKenzie Shooting Sports with 12. Full results from the four-day state championship event are available online at www.tnscpt.org
The Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program provides youth grades 5-12 and college an opportunity to participate in the three main shotgun shooting disciplines – skeet, trap and sporting clays – with peers from across the state. TNSCTP is designed to teach the importance of safe firearms handling, responsibility, leadership, teamwork, and to promote healthy competition.
TNSCTP is a program of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife and natural resources through stewardship, youth engagement and public policy. Now in its 70th year, TWF brings together and represents the varied interests of people who enjoy the great outdoors. To learn more about TWF or TNSCTP, visit www.tnwf.org
Winners from the TNSCTP state championships move on to compete in the National Championships, to be held July 9-16 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH.