Winter 2019

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FIVE YEARS AGO, Dalton Lamons was the first member of a new shooting pro- gram at Lyon College, a small liberal arts institution in Batesville, Arkansas, about 80 miles northeast of Little Rock. "I was approached by the manager of our range in town and he asked if I'd be interested in joining," Lamons says. "And I said I'd love to. I'd shot for three years in high school and really enjoyed it, and I wanted to do it at the collegiate level." Though the team's membership has fluctuated between as many as 15 last year and five this year, the Lyon College shoot- ing program has proven itself successful, winning or finishing within the top five in team regional and national events the last several years. This year, the college hired Lamons as the shooting program's full-time coach, with the aim of recruiting more participants, bringing consistency to the team—and continuing to win. O n e g o a l L a m o n s h a s s q u a r e l y i n his sights this year is succeeding in the new USA Colleg e Clay Targ et League. L y o n C o l l e g e wa s t h e fi r st t o j o i n t h e new League, which allows colleges from throughout the country to compete vir- tually against each other, just as is done at the high school level. "I want to be highly competitive in this new clay target league," Lamons says. "I want to make a statement this first year, on top of doing really well at the compe- titions we've done well at before." C o n f e r e n c e s i n t h e L e a g u e w i l l b e determined by team size, with a minimum of five members required to participate. Teams will take part in weekly events in September and October, with competition available in trap, skeet, sporting clays, and 5-stand. L a m o n s f o u n d t h e L e a g u e t h r o u g h social media and thought it would be a good way to create more consistent com- petition for his team. "Until now we've only had two national tournaments and two regional tourna- ments with other colleges shooting each year so this gives us a few weeks of com- 36 PULLUSA MAGAZINE WINTER 2019 THE FIELD C OL L EGE SP O T L IGH T E N R O L L M E N T S I Z E O F T E A M L O CAT I O N 672 5 Batesville, AR MAKING A STATEMENT LYON COLLEGE LOOKS TO WIN BIG IN ITS FIRST YEAR IN THE USA COLLEGE CLAY TARGET LEAGUE by JAKE WEYER SHOOTING SPORTS I want to be highly competitive in this new clay target league. I want to make a statement this f irst year, on top of doing really well at the competitions we've done well at before. – DA LT O N L A M O N S , H E A D C OAC H " "

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