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WAUKEE — The William Penn shotgun sports team has another impressive showing as it concluded its inaugural fall season with a runner-up showing at the Iowa Conference 100-100-100 last Saturday.

WPU placed second out of five teams with 1,240 targets hit out of 1,500 possible, while Grand View just nipped the navy and gold with 1,243. Simpson was also in the running at 1,222.

The day opened with a challenging Sporting Clays course as Bryon Baca (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) headlined the Statesmen with a score of 66-for-100. Christopher Berkshire-Lewis (So., Kansas City, Mo., Business Management) was next at 62-for-100, while Gideon Boender (Fr., Oskaloosa, Iowa) (62-for-100), John Anderson (So., Morrison, Ill., Biology) (58-for-100), and Maclane Heinen (Fr., Pella, Iowa, Business Management) (57-for-100) rounded out the top five. William Penn’s team score was 303-for-500.

Trap was next on the docket and the scores improved dramatically with Baca again topping his team, going 96-for-100. Heinen was second on the squad with a 95-for-100 score, while Anderson and Jarrett DeKoning (Jr., Grinnell, Iowa) were both 94-for-100. Berkshire-Lewis wrapped up scoring at 91-for-100 as WPU was 470-for-500 overall.

American Skeet concluded the day with the navy and gold nearly replicating their Trap score. Overall, the Statesmen were 467-for-500 with Heinen and Berkshire-Lewis both ending up at 97-for-100 to place third overall in the discipline. Hunter Lucas (So., Washington, Iowa) broke into the top five at 91-for-100, while Breale McFarland (Fr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) also joined the group at 88-for-100.

A total of five Statesmen males placed in the men’s top 15, including Baca (256-for-300), Berkshire-Lewis, Heinen, Anderson, and Boender. McFarland and Madison Hutchings (Fr., Herriman, Utah, Business Management) led the WPU females as they were in the women’s top 15 as well.

“I could not be more proud of this team,” Head Coach Steve Heaton said. “All fall they competed against teams two or three times their size and always managed to stay focused and positive. Out of six tournaments, we managed one individual gold medal, two team wins, and three runner-up team finishes! I cannot wait until the spring season.”

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