The Tri-City United varsity trap shooting team celebrated quite an accomplishment Friday, June 21 after placing sixth out of 40 schools at the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League State Tournament.
Tri-City United was represented at the championship by varsity trap shooters Lukas Dietz, Wyatt Hurd, Benjamin Sladek, James Krautkremer, and Wyley Peterson, as well as alternates Andrew Trnka and Caleb Cihak. Together, the team shot a total of 479 out of 500 targets, just five targets short of first place finisher New Prague’s 484 targets shot.
“It’s unreal; it’s so exciting,” said Lori Jenson, TCU’s Clay Target Club Secretary and Board Member.
Benjamin Sladek also qualified for the individual shoot and placed 58th out of a hundred of the best shooters in the state championship. He shot 95 out of 100 targets. Sladek’s teammates Hurd, Dietz, Krautkremer and Petersen shot 99, 97, 94 and 94 out of 100 in the team competition. Amazingly, Hurd missed the first target and proceeded to hit every single shot the rest of the way.
It was a long road to qualifying for the state tournament, which was held at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. In order to qualify, TCU had to rank in the top 40 high school teams out of 330 high school teams in attendance at the 2019 Trap Shooting Championship in Alexandria.
According to its organizers, the Trap Shooting Championship is the world’s largest shooting sport event with over 8,300 student shooters competing between June 10-18.
That tournament was a success for TCU as well. Not only did the Titans have the opportunity to move onto the state tournament by placing 28th overall, but they also had shooters on the novice, junior varsity and Vvarsity teams place in the top three within the team competition in Alexandria.
According to Jenson, this is the second time a school has had shooters from every level place; the first school to accomplish this feat was also TCU, back in 2017.
“Our young shooters shot exceptionally well,” said Jenson. “It was very windy and cold, and a little bit of rain up there, but they did awesome.”
In the individual tournament in Alexandria, referred to as the high gun, TCU student-athletes Trinity Turek and Jordyn Burgh took first and third place respectively in the female novice category. In the male novice high gun, TCU shooters Emerson Fashant and Calvin Rozeboom took first and second place.
Meanwhile, Calvin Rozeboom’s brother, Colton Rozeboom, took first place in the male junior varsity high gun and fellow TCU shooter Tanner Albright took second place.
Finally, in the varsity tournament, Caleb Cihak placed in third, shooting 99 out of 100 targets, only missing the very first target.