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SIC Falcons Capture Two National Titles at World Skeet Shoot

August 13, 2014

Coming off impressive wins in the 2014 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) American Events National Championships at Sparta, Illinois, Southeastern Illinois College shooters James Barnard from Ballwin, Missouri and Quinton Smith from Minford, Ohio traveled to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina for the 2014 Junior World Skeet Championships July 26-27.

In the collegiate division, Barnard was named high overall average (HOA) event champion for his second, third, sixth, and ninth place finishes using the .410, 20, 12, and 28 gauges. He also won second place in doubles competition.

Smith won the doubles championship with a perfect score of 100/100 and finished runner-up in the Champion of Champions event with a 99/100 score. The Champion of Champions is the tournament’s premier event where 100 birds are shot using 12-gauge, 20-gauge, 28-gauge, and .410-gauge shotguns to make the full round. The fact that all four gauges are shot (25 shots per gauge) in sequence in one round is an incredible test of shooting skill and adaptability.

SIC team coach Bruce Hering noted that the competition at this event, which is sponsored by the National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), is of the highest level and attracts the best shooters in the nation.

“Winning two national titles at the prestigious Junior World Skeet Championships is testament to the strength and depth of SIC’s shotgun team. I am very proud of James and Quinton. These honors are richly deserved,” added Hering.

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