Our 2016 Mule Day Queen Tori Brown Is The National Clay Target Shooting Champion
Tori Brown was selected 2016 Mule Day Queen during late February at Columbia State Community College. In July, the rising junior at Santa Fe Unit School put the finishing touches on a National Clay Target Shooting Championship in Merango, Ohio.
This followed up Brown’s regional and state championships she earned in June and it helped lead the school’s Sharpshooter team to a fourth place place in the nationals.
This was a remarkable accomplishment for Tori” said their Coach Daryl Brown (no relation to Tori). She has been shooting since the sixth grade. This was all on the varsity level, the highest of four classifications that are offered for scholastic shooters Approximately 2,500 young shooters representing 30 states participated in the event. There were 75 girls in the varsity girls level.
Tori showed a lot of poise and determination said Coach Daryl Brown. That many competitors from so many states, she was consistent through it all.
Coach Brown also noted that Tori improved from last year, and will be challenged to do so for two more years now that she will be defending champion. This goes for her teammates Garrett Mills, Mitch Brown, and Kahil Graves. Two of the three have been there since the sixth grade like Tori.
The participants shot eight rounds of 25 targets with 100 coming on the first day, and then 100 more the next day which made it even more difficult. Tori was tops both days, shooting 98 of 100 on the first day, then 96 of 100 the second day for 194/200 score.
This gave brown a two on-target edge over Lindsay Martin of Glen Allen, Virginia, third place belongs to Grace Keifer of Rincon, Georgia with a 191 along with Alexis Eidson of Byron, Georgia.
In the national competition, Mitch Brown recorded a 192/200 score to aid the Santa Fe Sharpshooter to their “High National Finish” along with Garrett Mills with a 188/200 and Kahil Graves with a 157/200.
NOTE: This information was taken from an article that appeared in the Columbia Daily Herald on July 17th, 2016 as written by Sports Editor Marion Wilhoite.