Martin Methodist College freshman Eli Christman from Soddy-Daisy High School spent last weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico, as part of Team USA in the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup. He was 24th out of 57 men, mostly Olympic competitors.
Two weeks earlier he set an "international skeet" national collegiate record by hitting 124 of 125 targets in the ACUI Eastern Championships at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
Martin Methodist won that competition for the third year in a row, but then coach Chad Whittenburg's RedHawks are used to winning. They repeated as high overall champions in the Clay Target Program College National Championships in late October in Marengo, Ohio, where Christman hit 200 of 200 targets in winning the easier American skeet discipline. He was third overall there at 572 out of 600.
At Fort Benning he was second overall to senior teammate Colin King by one target, 219 to 218, in the combined international skeet and Olympic bunker trap competition.
Martin Methodist will be in the ACUI National Championships beginning March 25 in San Antonio, and Christman will spend the four days before that at a USA Shooting event in Tucson, Ariz.