Lindenwood shooting team claims 13th consecutive national championship

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WELDON SPRINGS, MO (KTVI) - In some countries, the number 13 is considered unlucky. But for the Lindenwood Lions shotgun team, it’s a mark of excellence.

“Thirteen in a row, I don’t think it’s ever been done,” says Shawn Dulohery, Head Coach Lindenwood Shotgun Sports.

Dulohery, a former 2004 Olympic finalist in Athens, helped coach the shotgun team to its 13th consecutive national title.

“It’s something you definitely have to work at,” says Chase Walter, captain of the sporting clays team. “Not anybody can just go out and pick up the gun and run 100 straight in trap or go out on the sporting clays coarse and run 100 out there. It’s a hard, hard task.”

There’s a proverb that says action without thought is like shooting without aim. This trophy wall growing over to the adjacent wall is proof this team is comprised of some thoughtful competitors.

“In my opinion, it is several things: devotion, determination, desire, and determination,” says Dulohery.

Of the 25 members of the All-American Team, 10 are from Lindenwood.

“There’s six different events we shoot at the collegiate national championships: sporting clays, American trap and skeet, international skeet, and international trap,” says Dulohery.

The team consists of 112 people, with 90 shooting throughout the school year. So when they refer to their team as family, you can tell.

“Honestly, I feel like it’s a family,” says Hardy Musselman, American trap shooter. “Just like with siblings there are some rivalries, but we all have one main goal and that’s to see the whole entire team succeed and do well.”

“We get a lot of good girls and guys here and we somehow work like a family and we all put in our time and effort and the end result is just our successes,” says Walter.