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.