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Southern Arkansas University added the sport of trap shooting this past season. The school fielded a 30-member co-ed team, which included three participants from Union County – Norphlet’s Lilah Todd, Smackover’s Colby Pearson and El Dorado’s Jillian Martin.

The trap shooting competed in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate Clay Targeting Program.

“The program was very successful in its first year,” said Todd. “For a first-year team we were a large group.”

The sport consists of shooting clay disks, four rounds of 25 for 100 total shots. SAU’s team competed in the national qualifiers in San Antonio before the season ended due to the coronavirus.

Pearson, who will be a sophomore in the fall, is an engineering major. He brings experience to the sport, which he began in the seventh grade on Smackover’s Jr. High trap shooting team.

“I have been a hunter my whole life, so the trap team seemed like a perfect school activity for me,” said Pearson. “I enjoy the friends I make from the team. There are people I am friends with now that I would never have met if not for trap shooting.”

Pearson said he’s recorded three perfect 100-for-100 scores in his career.

Todd, a freshman nursing student, was on Smackover’s trap team as a junior and senior. She said she’s an avid hunter.

“This sport has helped me branch out of my comfort zone. I hope to take my knowledge of shooting sports and one day teach classes through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission,” she said.

Martin, a sophomore nursing student, is new to the sport but not new to shooting.

“I got involved in trap shooting when I learned SAU was creating a team for it,” she said. “I am a hunter, and I was raised around shooting sports. I absolutely love shooting trap for SAU.”

SAU’s team is coached by Steven Crowell.

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