The 2019 Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championship was held July 13-20 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.
The Mid-Carolina 4-H (MC4H) Youth Shooting Team from Orangeburg had 15 competing athletes attend the event – the largest number of attendees ever.
Winning a squad national championship and three individual national championships, it was the first time the MC4H team made the podium for a national title since 2014. Mid-Carolina now has seven national titles. The team flew the state flag 10 times on the podium this year.
Landon Hair was the only Mid-Carolina rookie to attend and he made the most of it. He shot great all week and won second place in the Rookie Division in Bunker Trap – the first time he had ever shot it.
Madison Sharpe returned to the podium several times this year and bettered her fourth-place Senior Ladies Division HOA from 2018. In sporting clays, she finished third this year. Sharpe also was the third-place Ladies Senior Division HOA. She broke 553 out of 600 targets in skeet, trap and sporting clays.
Turner Parcell put on a show at the Ohio event. Making the podium four separate times as an individual, his highest achievement was as Men’s Intermediate National Champion. Parcell shot 558 of 600 targets to win the title; an impressive score for a 14-year-old.
Parcell is only the second HOA National Champion from the Mid-Carolina program. He also made the podium in several other events. He was the Intermediate Advanced Champion in Sporting Clays and Skeet Doubles. In Skeet Doubles, he posted a very impressive 99 out of 100 – missing only his 67th target before running the rest. In sporting clays, he won by six targets, posting a 176 out of 200. His 176 was only three fewer than the collegiate champion, two fewer than the highest JV shooter and 7 fewer than the highest senior. He finished 21st overall out of 1,274 competitors. In American Skeet, Turner posted a second-best score of 197 of 200 – two targets out of first place.
For the second time, a squad of Mid-Carolina Shooters won the Open Division Sporting Clays National Championship. Parcell and Sharpe were joined with Rich McFee in posting a 500 out of 600 targets to win by 18. Mid Carolina last won the Open Division in Sporting Clays in 2014. Conrad Salvagin, Tucker King and Will Till made up the squad that year.
Joining McFee and Parcell on the podium in the Skeet Open Division was Braxton Marr, marking only the second time a squad from MC4H has made the podium in the event division. Only 13 targets out of first place, their score of 561 of 600 was good enough for fourth place.
Making the podium for the first time ever in doubles trap, the Open Division squad of Parcell, McFee and Sharpe was rounded out by Jacob Todd and Cody Carroll. The squad posted a score of 811 to secure the spot.
There was an 11th trip to the podium for South Carolina. Three Mid-Carolina shooters – Sharpe, McFee and Parcell joined Gage Langston and Daylon Mahn from the Featherhorn Young Guns (Pinewood's Featherhorn Farms) to make the podium as All State Team third-place winners in sporting clays. It marked the first time the All State team from South Carolina made the podium.
Other team members representing the Mid-Carolina program at nationals in 2019 included Hannah Sealy, Carter Hinson, Wyatt Peay, Jesse Logan, Callaghan Crook, Charlie Gaillard, Seth Foster and Caden Bartlett.
Several Mid-Carolina shooters shot their first 25 and 50 straights. Jacob Todd shot his first 25 straight in skeet in his first round and did it again in the fourth.
Peay shot a 50 straight, running his second and third box in skeet, and Carroll ran the sixth and seventh box. McFee did it in boxes 3 and 4. Parcell ran 75 straight to start the tournament. Carroll also ran his first 50 in trap – running the second and third box. Logan ran his first trap 25 straight in the third box. Peay also ran 50 straight in trap, staying perfect in box 5 and 6. Carter shot his first 25 straight in trap.