TERANG College student James Hayden was on target yesterday, winning the south west zone clay target schools championship at Noorat.
James, 16, took out the overall honours with 39/40 and will now compete at the Victorian Clay Target Shooting Association students finals day in Bendigo on September 2.
“It was really good. I have come runner-up the past two years,” he said yesterday.
“(Bendigo) is better competition than down here so we will have to see how I go.”
James teamed up with Terang College classmates James Aitken, Jesse Hoare, Bowen Kemp and Tyler Crimmin to win the teams’ section. It was the fourth time James has been part of the winning team.
Terang College scored 92/100.
Marian College’s Thomas Pilgrim took out the senior boys’ section with 38/40, with Warrnambool College’s Isaiah Harris (29/30) and Geelong College’s Lachlan Holdsworth (28/30) filling the podium.
Australian representative Penny Smith, of King’s College, won the senior girls’ section with 27/30.
Monivae College’s Tahla Nagorcka (25/30) and Baimbridge College’s Tricia Carter (22/25) finished second and third respectively.
Mount Clear College’s Ryan Carroll took out the junior boys’ title with a perfect 20/20 from Alexandra College’s Jack Holdsworth (27/20) and Trinity College’s Thomas Gard (26/30).
Damascus College’s Ashley Flintoff won the junior girls’ category with 18/25.
Caitlin Gordon of Good Shepherd College was second with 16/25 and Beaufort Secondary College’s Dana Carlsen was third with 23/35.
Almost 300 students represented 31 schools at the Noorat shootout yesterday.