CEDAR FALLS — When competing in a state tournament, athletes want to do their best.
Newton Trap Team members tallied their best shooting scores of the 2018 season competing at the 2018 Iowa State Trap Shooting Championships on Sunday in Cedar Falls.
Newton’s team of Daniel Townsend, Dallas Schaeffer, Ryan Brown, Brodee Vest and Trenton Winchell shot a combined score of 937 out of 1,000 clay targets. The squad finished 20th in a field of 186 squads in the Senior Varsity Division.
“Our scores were not only the best we’ve seen all season, but the best we’ve had in the eight years I’ve been part of this team,” Newton Trap Team head coach Paul Klein said.
“I don’t know if it’s the range, the excitement of being at the state championships or what, but we always shoot well at state.”
Schaeffer and Vest each posted scores of 194 out of 200, finishing in an eight-way tie for 23rd out of 864 shooters in the Men’s Senior Varsity Division. Allison Ulrey broke 183 out of 200 targes to finish in a six-way tie for 31st in the Women’s Senior Division field of 235.
Top squad score for the Senior Varsity Division was 979. The top male and female shooters at the state each had scores of 199.
Townsend, Brown, Schaeffer and Ulrey all shot their first perfect rounds— 25 straight targets — on Sunday. Vest shot his first 50 straight and then followed up with a second 50 straight in the second half of the program.
Schaeffer’s first 25 straight was in the first half of the program. He went back to the firing line in the second half and shot a 75 straight targets.
“All together, our team members shot a total of 18 perfect 25s during the competition,” Klein said. “Our team members started out shooting well and that just fueled their confidence which in turn made them shoot even better. We had a really good season over all and this was a great way to finish the trap portion.”
The Cardinals’ top squad in the Senior Junior Varsity Division put up a combined score of 873 out of 1,000 targets. Lane Arrowood, Dryden Dekoning, Gabriel Sander, Tucker Wade and John Sexton placed 16th out of 87 squads.
Arrowood led the Newton junior varsity shooters finishing in a six-way tie for 19th by hitting 190 of 200 targets. There were 455 competitors. He also shot his first perfect 25 as did Wade and Sexton. Arrowood returned in the second half to shoot 75 straight, missing a perfect 100 by one clay pigeon.
The top squad score in the Senior JV Division was 956, top male score was 198 and top female score was 195.
Newton will compete at the Iowa State Sporting Clays Championships on Saturday in Pella and then the Iowa State Skeet Championships June 23-24 in Waukee.
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