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Hawks Trap Team Garners Third at State

Ankeny High School Sophomore Nathan Brandmeyer was named Captain of the All State Team with a first place score of 398 out of 400 at the Iowa State Trapshooting Competition in Cedar Falls, June 6-10. He earned a second place finish in the league standings after a 22-way shoot off. Brandmeyer also placed sixth in the doubles competition and sixth in the High All Around which included his scores from singles, handicap and doubles competitions. 


Brandmeyer earned a second place finish in the singles competition with 198 out of 200 after a four-way shoot off with a perfect 25. AHS Coach Shawn O’Connor remarked, “This is the highest individual place at state ever for varsity. Nathan did an incredible job under intense pressure.” James Byrd, AHS junior, took home fifth place with a 198 out of 200.


Brandmeyer and Byrd led their squad to a third place finish in the state with a combined score of 963 out of 1000. Squad members also included Nick Krusemark, Jacob Noel and Gage O’Connor. This is the highest place ever for the Hawks. The squad also placed 11th for doubles and 19th for handicap.


AHS finished fifth place in the team competition with members including Brandmeyer, Byrd, Krusemark, Noel and Braydon Smith. They scored 969 points out of 1000. 


In the junior varsity handicap competition, Morgan Waite earned sixth place. In the junior varsity doubles competition, Casey Byrd earned fifth place.


“This was, by far, the most successful State Meet the Hawks have ever had,” said Coach O’Connor. “They’ve been on a roll lately with students scoring 74 perfect 25-straights, eight 50-straights, and five 75-straights. Several personal bests were accomplished in Cedar Falls, and we’re looking forward to competing at Nationals in July.” 


There are 94 8th-12th grade students on the Ankeny Hawks team; the largest team in the state. Over the last 3 months, the students have competed in 38 competitions and shot over 200,000 rounds in practices and meets. 


More than 140 teams competed at the State Meet in Cedar Falls, with over 2,700 athletes from across the state.