Members of the Southwest High School trap team gained some valuable experience last weekend when the young athletes had the opportunity to compete in a college shoot.
The squad from Southwest was not intimidated and ended up finishing an impressive third out of 18 teams in the Collegiate Trap/Skeet/Sporting Clays Shoot at Missouri State University.
"The kids were pretty nervous, but I was very pleased," said Coach Mike Vining. "Third place against the big boys is pretty good."
Team members who attended the shoot were seniors Emery Phillips, Josh Rose and Adam Morgan, juniors Lindsay Hutson and Craig Laney, sophomore Bo Stephens and freshman Tyler Wallace.
Lindenwood University captured the first two places in the shoot and Southwest High School was listed in third.
Other top finishers were: University of Missouri-Columbia, fourth; Iowa State University, fifth; University of Missouri-Columbia, sixth; Missouri State University, seventh; Colorado State Univer-sity, eighth; Kansas State University, ninth; Virginia Tech University, 10th; University of Missouri-Rolla, 11th; Purdue University, 12th; Virginia Tech University, 13th; University of Missouri-Columbia, 14th; Central Missouri State Univer-sity, 15th; Iowa State University, 16th; Eastern Kentucky University, 17th; and Colorado State University, 18th.
"We were not eligible for any medals or awards, but I thought we finished very well," Vining added.