San Antonio, Texas-University of the Ozarks junior Grace Brown won the 2017 national championship in international bunker trap at the Association of College Unions International Collegiate (ACUI) National Tournament Wednesday.
It is the first national championship for the program, and the first individual national championship for the school. Brown, a native of Booneville, Ark., hit 99 out of 125 to advance to a shoot-off. In the finals, Brown first hit 22 out of 25. She followed that performance by hitting 3 out of 5, and then hit 8 out of 10 to clinch the national championship.
"It was a surreal moment," said Brown. "My heart was racing. It was the most nervous I've ever been at a competition. We were all emotional after it happened."
Sierra Stokes, from Texas Tech University, finished behind Brown. Stephanie Gutierrez from Martin Methodist finished third. Freshman Summer Sanders, a native of Greenwood, Ark., finished fourth, giving Ozarks two of the top four shooters in the nation in international bunker trap.
According to head coach Caleb Hemphill, Brown and Sanders were two of only 15 shooters to qualify for a chance at the national championship.
"Grace was calm and didn't break a sweat," said Hemphill. "To watch one of our shooters win a national championship was the proudest moment of my life. It was remarkable to have two shooters finish in the top four."
With the championship, Brown received a place on the USA Shooting/ACUI Collegiate Team.
As a team, Ozarks had its best performance in American Trap finishing sixth out of 32 teams in the Division 3 category. Ozarks placed 21st out of 34 teams in the Division 3 category of American Skeet. Ozarks placed 22nd out of 26 teams in the Division 3 category of International Skeet. Ozarks was 11th out of 30 teams in the Division 3 category of Five-Stand. Ozarks was 16th out of 32 teams in the Division 3 category of Sporting Clays.
In the high overall men's standings, Jeff Proctor was the top finisher for Ozarks ranking 121 out of 421 shooters. Brown was 41 out of 97 shooters in the high overall women's standings. Sanders was 70th.
As a team in the high overall standings within the Division 3 category, Ozarks was 13th overall, finishing higher than a number of larger institutions, including Arkansas State University, University of Virginia and University of Colorado.
Proctor was the national runner-up in International Wobble Trap in the open division. He also finished 15th in American Trap and 11th in American Skeet. He placed fifth in combined Trap events out of 592 shooters. He was 42nd in combined American events out of 718 shooters, 154th out of 543 shooters in combined Skeet events and 105th out of 537 shooters in combined International events. Proctor was 42nd out of 133 shooters in the Class A Division of International Skeet.
John Guthrie finished second out of 82 shooters in the Class B Division of American Trap and Sanders was 50th. Sanders was 31st out of 56 shooters in the Class B Division of International Skeet. Dustin Robertson was 31st out of 135 shooters in the Class A Division of International Trap and Brown placed 32nd. In Class B International Trap, John Guthrie was fourth overall out of 63. Sanders was 11th. Brown was 33rd out of 159 shooters in American Trap.
Robertson was seventh out of 153 shooters in the Class A Division of Five-Stand. In the Class B Division of Five-Stand, Guthrie was 22nd out of 78 shooters. In Sporting Clays, Robertson was 22nd out of 158 in the Class A Division. Guthrie was 16th out of 82 in the Class B Division of Sporting Clays. Robertson was 58th in combined Clay Target events out of 668 shooters.
85 universities were represented at the national tournament, and there were over 800 competitors.