Simpson College shooting team guns for big results at competition


Max Bertrand

In its first year as a formally recognized athletic team, the Simpson College shooting team has experienced a great deal of success.

by Max Bertrand, Staff Writer

Simpson College’s shooting team took home several wins after the team’s last competition. 

The competition took place at the ACUI Upper Midwest Super Shoot in Grand Island, Neb. First-year Carson Cummings took first place with an overall score of 94/100. Junior Anna Lopez finished third with an overall score of 41/50. Sophomore Breydon Paxon placed third with an overall score of 94/100.

The team as a whole scored 1337/1550 at the competition. The team has its next contest, the SCTP Collegiate State Championship, on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 at New Pioneer Gun Club in Waukee, Iowa. After that competition, the team will take a break. During this time, members can prepare for the spring semester competitions. 

Anna Lopez expects a lot for the future of the Simpson shooting team. 

“When I came in as a freshman, we had eight people on the team. We’ve grown to 19 in the past few years. Definitely going to be a much larger program. It helps that we have been funded through athletics,” Lopez said. 

Brayden Paxon said he is excited about the up-and-coming future and what that means for the team.

I am really looking forward to the next couple of years at Simpson,” Paxon said. “We have a bunch of people that are interested in joining the trap team. I know we are expanding next year, so I am really looking forward to that.” 

This is also the first year that Simpson has recognized the shooting team through the athletic department. With funding from the college, it means that the team will have to do less independent fundraising. It also means that the program will be able to prosper by being able to purchase equipment or pay for expenses such as travel. Eventually, the team hopes to update facilities.