Maryland 4-H Shooting Sports Teams Place at National 4-H Invitational

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July 22, 2011

Maryland sent two teams to compete at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational held in San Antonio, Texas the week of June 19-25. Each team consisted of four 4-H members. 470 youth & over 1200 family members, coaches & 4-H volunteers from 30 states participated in the National 4-H Invitational shoot.

The shotgun competition was comprised of 100 targets each in Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays. There were 20 Shotgun teams with 78 youth representing 20 states entered in this event.

Shotgun Team

The Maryland 4-H Shotgun Team brought home 3rd Place Overall with 2 individuals placing in the top 10.  Mike Jackson (Kent County) was 4th place overall and Logan Charles (Charles County) was 10th place overall.  Additional Results include:  Skeet – Team placing 3rd; Skeet Individuals- Logan Charles 9th;  Sporting Clays- Team Placing 2nd;  Sporting Clays Individuals-Mike Jackson 3rd place & Mike Johnson 8th place;  Trap-Team placing 5th.  Team members included:  (L to R) Logan Charles (Charles Co.); Jesse Downey (Kent County), Bryan Michael Jackson (Kent Co.) and Mike Johnson (Carroll County) Not pictured - Team Coach is Jack Kemp (Kent County).   

The National 4-H Archery Competition involved youth shooting three events including Field, FITA and 3D Courses.  There were 17 Archery teams with 72 youth representing 17 states entered in this event.  The Maryland 4-H Compound Archery Team brought home 8th Place Overall with Travis Gesell (Carroll County) Placing 3rd Overall Individual. 

Archery Team

Additional Results include:  Field Round-Travis Gesell 2nd and FITA Round – Travis Gesell 2nd .  The Maryland Team placed 3rd in the FITA event.  Archery Team Members included:  (L to R) Shelby Stevens, Travis Gesell & Kyle Lawrence (Carroll County) and Josh Trenary (Cecil County).  Team Coach is Stanley Trice (Dorchester County).

Full event results can be found at

Congratulations to all the team members on their awesome performances at the Nationals!!

 On Sunday, prior to the competition, the Maryland delegation toured the Alamo and River Walk in downtown San Antonio.  Following the competition, the group was treated to a tour of the Bar E Hunting Ranch in Hondo, TX, where they saw a variety of wildlife including Aoudad Sheep, Axis Deer, Blackbuck Antelope, Buffalo, Red Stag and various species of Horned Sheep & Goats.  The Maryland 4-H delegation included 8 team members, 2 coaches, 8 parents & family members and Conrad Arnold, Extension 4-H Educator, Dorchester County & Maryland State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator who also serves on the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee.

This trip would not have been possible without donations from the following :

Maryland 4-H Foundation, Maryland 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, Maryland Ag Fair Board,  Chesapeake Chapter Safari Club International Sables, Chesapeake Chapter Safari Club International, Maryland Sporting Clays Assoc., Beretta USA,  Kent County 4-H,  Carroll County 4-H, Cecil County 4-H, Kent County Gun Club and Sudlersville Skeet Club, New Windsor State Bank, James Cruson, Jr., Christine & Charles Corkell, Maryland 4-H Center,  the University of Maryland College of Agriculture & University of Maryland Extension.

Team members and coaches also wish to say Thank You to Shotgun Team Alternate, Tyler Thompson (Kent Co.), Archery Team Alternate, Jake McThenia (Carroll Co.)  and other members of the State Teams Practice Squads.


For more information, contact: Conrad Arnold