Over 1,100 shooters from across the United States traveled to Sparta, Illinois to compete in the 2014 AIM Grand National Championships. The AIM Grand Nationals represents the final competition of the 2014 trap season which provides the shooters the opportunity to compete against the best young shooters from across the nation. The AIM Grand demands the young shooters to be at their best to bring home the highest honors of the competition year. The Macon County trap team met the challenge capturing three team awards including the B Class AIM Grand National Championship title over the two day competition.
With a total score of 961/1000, Macon County’s Squad 1 earned the AIM Grand National B Class Title. The squad led the competition at the end of day 1 with a score of 486/500 returning the next day to post a 475/500 to earn the championship holding off the Lenox, MI 959/1000 and Coffee County, TN 955/1000 squads. The Macon County squad was led by Seniors Tyler Knight, Ryan Minchey and Dalton Driver along with Junior Eli Doss and Sophomore Daniel Holland. Squad 2 placed 13th in the Junior Class B division with a score of 941/1000. The squad was led by Seniors David Richardson and Jon Tucker, Junior Brock Rutan, and Sophomores Grant Towns and Hunter Dyer. Macon County’s squad 3 earned runner up in Junior Class D with an 878/1000. The squad entered day two in 3rd place putting together a solid performance pushing them past a strong Hardin County, TN squad to capture 2nd place. Seniors Kelsey Cook and Jackson Sircy led the team with Junior Kelsey Bullington, Sophomore Mason Gunter and Freshman Hunter Bolton rounding out the squad. Wrapping up the competition was the Macon County Sub-Junior squad of freshmen shooters Hunter Dickens, Dylan Butler, Mason Trent, Danny Murray and Hailey Brewer taking the runner-up Class C sub-junior title with an 894/1000. As with squad 3, the freshman squad entered the day in 3rd place before moving past the Highland, IL 877/1000 squad to bring home the 2nd place title.
Individually, Hunter Dickens earned 2nd place in sub-junior class C with a strong 193/200 performance. Senior Tyler Knight earned his first 100 straight patch with Hunter Dickens earning both his first 25 and 50 straight patches.
As the team completes a successful 2014 season, the team members and coaches would like to thank all of the business and individual sponsors for their continued support of the trap program. Your support and generosity allows for the continued development of top young shooters in Macon County for years to come. To the parents and families of the team members, your support and dedication is very much appreciated by the coaching staff.