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Public Affairs : West Point Skeet and Trap Team wins eastern regional championships

West Point Skeet & Trap Team defeats Navy
---Wins Skeet at Eastern Regional Championships---
Submitted by the West Point Skeet & Trap Team
The West Point Skeet & Trap Team reinforced its reputation as one of the premier collegiate shooting teams in the eastern United States by taking first place in the skeet competition at the 4th annual East Coast Regional Clay Target Championships, Oct. 13-14 in Fairfax, Va.
In doing so, they defeated teams representing Navy, Yale, George Mason, University of Vermont, University of Delaware, VMI, Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. The victory was decisive; the nearest challenging team was a distant 11 targets behind the cadets.
West Point shooters also excelled individually throughout the competition. Class of 2014 Cadet Andrew Laib took first place out of 115 shooters competing in the individual skeet competition. The victory came after a thrilling shoot-off against Navy’s top shooter that prompted huge cheers from the many parents and West Point supporters in attendance, including the West Point Society of Washington, D.C.
Coming off the field victorious, Laib declared, “obviously, winning the trophy is awesome, but beating Navy for it makes it even better.” Also in attendance cheering on Laib and the team was Charles B. King, Jr. (Class of 1957), son of Col. Charles B. King, Sr. who founded the Cadet Skeet & Trap Team in 1938 and was killed during the invasion of Normandy in World War II.
Other strong individual performances in skeet were had by Class of 2015 Cadet Taylor Ferguson (2015) with a score of 93 and Class of 2013 Cadet Rob Downey, team captain, with a score of 90.  

The West Point Skeet and Trap Team returned to the U.S. Military Academy after an impressive performance at the 4th annual East Coast Regional Clay Target Championships Oct. 13-14 in Fairfax, Va. The team placed first in the skeet competition in decisive fashion, beating the U.S. Naval Academy among other. Pictured from left are: Cadets Ben Stone (Class of 2012), Taylor Ferguson (2015), Rob Downey (2013), Andrew Laib (2014), and Derek Brown (2014). Courtesy Photo

Downey, and several additional team members, including Class of 2013 Cadets Jackson Clemens and Mo Khan, Class of 2014 Cadets Derek Brown and Hunter Clay (2014), shot impressive perfect rounds (25 out of 25 targets broken). Additionally, Class of 2014 Cadet Whitney Strong (2014) placed 4th overall in a ladies’ division that was characterized by strong competition this year.

When the last shot had been fired and the clay dust had settled, the cadets were proud to have taken third place as a team in the combined overall competition, which involved each team shooting 500 skeet targets and 1,000 trap targets. Though West Point was unable to edge out George Mason and Virginia Tech for the overall championship, they soundly defeated both squads from Navy, as well as perennial northeast rival Yale.

The three teams–West Point, Navy and Yale–will meet for a rematch Oct. 28 on Range 10. Cadets expect to retake the Hudson Cup, a travelling trophy exchanged between USMA and Yale in honor of the annual shooting competitions that have been held between these two collegiate shooting programs since 1940.