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JU’s Scott Hensley new national skeet champ as Varsity Shooting Team places in top six at ACUI Nationals

JU’s Scott Hensley new national skeet champ as Varsity Shooting Team places in top six at ACUI Nationals

By Trysten Curran-Routledge

JU Varsity Shooting Team

Jacksonville University is home to a new national champion.

Scott Hensley, who graduates Saturday, April 25, with an MBA from the Davis College of Business, took home the gold in International Skeet at the recent 2014-15 ACUI National Clay Target Championships in San Antonio.

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JU Shooting Team member Scott Hensley

That makes him the reigning Collegiate HOA (High Over All) Nationals Champion, and as a result, he’s getting some serious attention from the U.S. Olympic Team Coaching staff (USA Shooting).

The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Nationals tournament March 23-29 drew more than 700 athletes competing from 76 universities in all major clay disciplines: American Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, Five Stand, International Wobble Trap, International Bunker Trap, and International Skeet.

In addition to the remarkable performance by Hensley, the JU Sporting Clays, Skeet and Trap Team (JUSSTC) also secured Runner Up Team honors in Sporting Clays, Third Place Team in International Skeet, Fourth in International Wobble Trap, Fourth in 5-Stand, and Fifth in American Skeet. JU actually placed third overall in Division 2 as a Team and fifth across all Divisions, but because of an obscure technicality, it fell to fourth overall in Division and sixth in the nation overall.

All told, the 2014-15 JU Shooting Team, founded and coached by David T. Dobson, has had a tremendous year, taking Runner Up National Champs at the SCTP Nationals last July, Runner Up SCTP Regional Championships in the Fall, Third ACUI Regional Championships (Savannah), Third SCTP Spring Regional Championship (Jacksonville), and First at the ACUI International Skeet & Bunker Trap Olympic Qualifier event (Fort Benning).clay runner up

Many thanks to the Jacksonville Gun Club, all volunteers and all other clubs locally and around the country that have supported youth and collegiate shooters. For more on the Jacksonville University Sporting Clays, Skeet and Trap Team (JUSSTC), visit http://ju.edu/jusstc/Pages/default.aspx and www.jushootingteam.com.

ACUI National Clay Target Championship Results

International Skeet Mens Standings

Rank                      Name/School                    Scores                   Total

1                              Scott Hensley/JU            24+24+22+25     95

2                              Nash Porter/TAMU        25+23+23+23     94

3                              Austin Svohoda/FHSU   24+24+25+21     94

4                              Nick Boerboon/LU           21+24+24+24     93

5                              Austin Luchak/TAMU   23+22+24+22      91

Division 2 Top Five Teams

HOA                       Texas A&M, with a score of 2,202

Runner up            Fort Hays State University, with a score of 2,195

Third                      Clemson University, with a score of 2,126

Fourth                   Jacksonville University, with a score of 2,081

Fifth                       University of Missouri, with a score of 2,069