Dundee five-man team will compete in first National meet in Michigan July 12-15 after finishing second in conference and sixth in New York State meet
In just the second year of competition, the Penn Yan and Dundee Clay Target Teams both had very successful seasons with top-five finishes in New York State competition and a team of five shooters from Dundee headed to the national competition in Michigan in July.
Clay Target Shooting, as a high school sport in New York State is growing rapidly, according to Dundee Coach Angie Cox, who says the league has grown from 19 teams in 2017 to 59 in 2018.
In 2018 the Dundee Varsity Trap team included 20 co-ed members from in grades 7 through 12. The team finished the season in second place behind Red Jacket in Conference 5. Cox says Red Jacket squeezed by into first place by 22 points in the final week of competition.
Wyatt Jordan, Hunter Crofoot, and Thomas Grady III swept first, second and third place respectively for high gun males in Conference 5 and six other team members (Zack Neu, Logan Corey, Tanor Morrison, Jared Hartman, Josh Cramer and Peyton Boudinot) made the top 25 male shooters for the conference.
Alyssah Newell was 8th in conference 5 Top 25 high gun female shooters.
2018 Penn Yan Academy team, coached by Ted Cox, had 23 co-ed members in grades 9 through 12, and finished in fourth place in Conference 6.
Conner Fingar, Wally Young, Kendall Johncox and Marshall Chisenall were in the Top 25 of the males with high gun averages for the conference.
Kari Ayers, Alexandra Cox, Alexis Marble, Jade Siegrist, Ashley Sisson, Breaona Lane-Tomion, Justina Jenkins, and Brittanie Chisenall were in the Top 25 females with high gun averages for conference 6.
State Championship results
In the State Championship on June 9 at Bridgeport Rod and Gun Club in Bridgeport, there were 27 trap fields in use and 587 individual competitors on teams from 42 schools.
Athletes compete as a team and individuals at the competition. Each participant shoots 50 rounds in the morning and 50 rounds in the afternoon. The athletes with the five highest totals, regardless of their classifications, are used for the team score. Individuals compete based on their overall season averages:
Novice: 0-14.99 average per round
Junior Varsity: 15-18.99 average per round
Varsity: 19-25 average per round
Dundee placed 12th out of 42 teams in the state competition.
Hunter Crofoot received a patch for having a straight 25
Wyatt Jordan and Hunter Crofoot were named to the 2018 All-State Team. Out of 161 male and female varsity level athletes, Hunter Crofoot was 11th and Wyatt Jordan was 24th. They both will attend the 1st National USA High School Clay Target Championship and competing as individuals. Both were eligible for Tier 1 registration with season averages over 22.
Out of 220 male and female JV level athletes, Logan Corey was 45th and Jared Hartman 75th.
In the novice class, Alyssah Newell was 9th of 65 females and Braden Thomas was 10th of 141 Males. In the Novice class males/females combined they were 14th and 49th of 206 athletes, with Thomas Bartlett squeezing in between them at 44th.
Wyatt Jordan, Hunter Crofoot, Zack Neu, Thomas Grady III, and Logan Corey, who had the 5 highest averages on the team for the season, will attend the National Tournament as a team, with Jared Hartman serving as an alternate. Student-athletes and teams are invited to compete in the national tournament through a tiered registration process that is based on their overall season average. Schools may only send one squad of 5 and two alternates for the team portion of the competition. The National Championship will be held in Mason, Mich. July 12 -15.
Penn Yan placed 23rd of 42 teams in the state championship on June 9.
Conner Fingar, Wally Young, and Kendall Johncox were named to the 2018 All-State Team
Alexandra Cox won first place, JV division, with shooting season highs of 22, 22, 19, and 24. Kari Ayers was 11th in the JV division of 21 females.
In overall males and females combined in the JV division. Alexandra Cox was 13th, Cole Egburtson 37th, Ryan Bailey 68th, and Kari Ayers 117th of the 220 athletes competing.
In overall males and females combined in the Varsity division, Kendall Johncox was 65th of 161.
In the Female Novice division, Justina Jenkins placed 6th, Jade Siegrist 7th, Alexis Marble 13th, and Ashley Sisson 14th of the 65 females in the Novice class.