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Mesilla Valley shooters put in strong showing at state tourney


The Mesilla Valley Clay Target program put in a strong showing at the recent state championships in Raton.

In skeet shooting, the team took first place in the senior or high-school division. Tyler Smelker finished in first place in the individual standings with a 94 out of 100. Caleb Delk was third with a 92 out of 100.

In trap shooting, the team took wrapped up a second-place finish in the state for the entire season.

Woody Crawford took second place individually in trap with a score of 193 out of 200.

In the junior or intermediate level (sixth to eighth graders), Emily Massey took second place in trap doubles.

In sporting clays, the team took second place in the senior division.

About 130 shooters from 12 teams across the state participated.

The Mesilla Valley team is in its third year of competing, coach Michael Smelker said.

“It was excellent shooting,” he said. “The team did really well.”

Also, three team members were named to the national Scholastic Clay Target All-American Team, which combines academics with shooting.

To qualify, you need to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum shooting score of 190 out of 200.

Tyler Smelker made the All-American team in skeet and trap. Caleb Delk and Woody Crawford were both named All-American in trap.