Washington junior heads Class D at state sporting clay championships

Washington junior Nathaniel Neuland broke 81 of 120 targets to win Class D of the Maryland State Sporting Clay Championships, Sept. 15, at Schrader’s Outdoors.

HENDERSON — Washington junior Nathaniel Neuland headed Class D at the Maryland State Sporting Clay Championships, Sept. 14-15. Schrader’s Outdoors hosted the National Sporting Clays Association event, which ushered in the 2019-20 season.

Neuland, one of five Shoremen to compete in the main event, broke 81 of 120 targets. He broke all eight targets at three of the 15 stations.

There were 19 competitors in Class D. The runner-up totaled 115 targets.

Washington’s Will Sears tied for third with 75 targets.

Jordan Ukishima (68) also competed in Class D. Sean Scott (64) and Emma Smith (50) competed in Class C.

Among the eight junior shooters, Neuland was third and Sears was fourth.

Washington sent out eight shooters in the preliminary event of 120 targets Saturday: Chance Lowery (81), Carter Weems (75), Lanning Tyrrel (75), Greg Carpenter (70), Noah Haines (69), Camerin Caraballo (65), Charlie Wittich (60) and Sammy DiLoreto (54).

In the preliminary, Lowery won out over two other shooters in Class E. He broke all eight targets at three of the 15 stations.

Among all juniors in the preliminary, Lowery was the top shooter and Weems was the runner-up.

Weems competed in Class A; Tyrrel in Class B; Wittich and DiLoreto in Class C; Carpenter in Class D; and Haines in Class E.

Carpenter also participated in the FITASC discipline, breaking 37 of 50 targets to win Class D and finish as the runner-up among juniors.

Washington head coach Doug Pfaff competed in both the preliminary event and the main Maryland State Championships. He broke 90 targets in Saturday’s preliminary to tie for fourth overall among 78 competitors in the preliminary and first among 11 competitors in Class B. On Sunday, in the Maryland State Championships, he broke 76 targets to tie for seventh among 27 competitors in Class B.

This is the second year for Washington College trap and skeet as a varsity program. There are six freshmen bolstering a roster that lost only three shooters to graduation in May.

Ukishima (Frederick, Urbana High School) is the only senior. His best finish last year was fourth among all competitors at the Blue Hen Classic.

The juniors are Caraballo (Bloomingdale, N.J.), Neuland (Thurmont, Tuscarora) and Wittich (Towson, Gilman), who joined the team last spring.

Neuland shot in Class A at last year’s ACUI Championships, finishing in the top 40 in both International skeet and American skeet. He also was fourth overall at the Battle of the Bay and was the team’s top overall performer at the ACUI Upper East Coast Conference Championships.

Caraballo put together an impressive performance in Class B at last year’s ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships, tying for fourth in sporting clays and finishing in the top 25 in International skeet, American trap and International trap.

Wittich made his collegiate debut at the Blue Hen Classic with top-10 performances in skeet and sporting clays.

Sophomores Sears (St. Leonard, Calvert) and Tyrrel (Lavina, Mont.) join Ukishima as team captains.

The other sophomore is DiLoreto (Harleysville, Pa.).

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