Ridgewater to Offer Co-Ed Competitive Trapshooting

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Ridgewater College will be establishing a new competitive clay target (trapshooting) program as a fall 2019 sport and will be competing in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC).

Officials say the program will be open to both male and female participants on the Hutchinson and Willmar campuses.

Clay target shooting is a strong and growing sport at the high school and college level in our region.  We are already getting questions from prospective students indicating their interest in enrolling at Ridgewater if we add a clay target team, so this initiative should help our enrollment and respond to student interests in our communities.  In addition, with our plan to have a team on both our Willmar and Hutchinson campuses, clay target shooting will allow us to offer a team sport activity for our students on the Hutchinson campus.” said Craig Johnson, president of Ridgewater College.

As a member of MCAC, the student athletes will compete during a six-week season.  Student athletes who have earned their firearms safety certification will compete in a “virtual” trap shooting competition among MCAC member colleges.

Competitions will be conducted at a local range in Hutchinson and Willmar with scores uploaded weekly to the league’s website. MCAC conferences are determined by team size, and True Team® scoring is used to maximize the number of student athlete scores that are used for the team score. The season culminates with the MCAC Trap Shooting Championship in mid-October at the Grand Rapids Gun Club.

Students who are interested in competing please contact Athletic Director, Todd Thorstad, at todd.thorstad@ridgewater.edu or 320-222-5572. Student athletes will meet with their coaches the first week of school in August.

Ridgewater College is looking for coaches for both campuses.  For information on applying for a coaching position contact the Athletic Director, Todd Thorstad, at todd.thorstad@ridgewater.edu or 320-222-5572.

For additional information, please follow www.ridgewater.edu/claytarget

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