A trio of Rim Country Roadrunners excelled in a recent Scholastic Clay Target Program event at the Ben Avery Shooting Center in Phoenix.

Kean Padilla missed just one target in 50 rounds to finish first in his class and second in the overall competition. He shot the only 49 of the day.

There were 143 competitors participating in the event.

Tristan Brandenburg and Joey Skeens both hit 44 out of 50 targets and tied for fourth place in their division.

“These are all tremendous achievements when you consider that these kids are breaking targets moving at over 40 mph at random angles across the field,” said Nicholas Elson, one of the Roadrunners’ six certified coaches. “From the time they call for their shot they have to locate, track and shoot a 4.3 inch x 1 inch inverted saucer within a matter of seconds, before it moves out of range.”

But the three award winners aren’t the only good shooters in the club.

“Our younger students are also truly exceptional,” Elson said. “We’re fortunate to have really motivated kids with very supportive parents.”

Elementary, middle school and high school students ages 9 and older are eligible to participate on the Rim Country Roadrunners Team. This season is drawing to a close but next season begins this fall at the Bird Busters Shotgun Range in Rye. For more information, call head coach Terry Turley at (480) 688-0892 or email BirdBustersofPayson@gmail.com.

Contact the reporter at kmorris@payson.com

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