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Iowa’s top collegiate athletes in shooting to converge at championship competition

  • 11/8/2022 4:00:00 PM
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More than 200 athletes from 15 Iowa colleges and universities will participate in the 2022 Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) Collegiate Championships in Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays and Super Sporting Clays. Many of these athletes have been shooting in the SCTP since middle school or high school and have been able to continue competing at the collegiate level.

The number of collegiate shooting sports programs in Iowa continues to grow with both community colleges and four-year universities participating. New this year is a team from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. This growth reflects the increase in participation seen in the Iowa middle school and high school teams, which have grown from 1,400 athletes to nearly 4,500 athletes since 2011.

“The continued growth of the Scholastic Clay Target Program in Iowa’s colleges and universities benefits both Iowa’s high school athletes and the colleges. Iowa has a history of cultivating very talented shooting sports athletes and these collegiate programs are providing an opportunity for them to continue competing past high school.”

The all-day events will take place Nov. 12-13, at the New Pioneer Gun Club, in Waukee:

  • November 12: Collegiate Trap and Sporting Clays Championships
  • November 13: Collegiate Skeet and Super Sporting Clays Championships

The Scholastic Clay Target Program is a youth development program focused on the clay target sports and is available in Iowa for student athletes from elementary through high school and college. These student athletes have the opportunity to compete in sports such as trap, skeet, and sporting clays, as well as Olympic disciplines like bunker trap and international skeet.

The Scholastic Clay Target Program is administered in Iowa by the DNR. The SCTP’s mission is to help kids reach their highest potential in becoming the best athletes and young adults they can be. For more information on the Scholastic Clay Target Program in Iowa, contact Chris Van Gorp, DNR Shooting Sports Coordinator at 515-313-8048 or chris.vangorp@dnr.iowa.gov.

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