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By Dakota McDonald—
After placing fourth in trap shooting at the Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals, Kohen Hudman recently placed 16th at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Guthrie, OK., July 14-23.
Hudman advanced alongside three other shooters at the Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals, Laramie Chadwick, Kade Currie and Tyler Ehlinger. Together the boys represented as “Team Texas” at the national event.
Hudman,16, is the son of Richard and Lichelle Hudman and grandson of Curtis and Julie Hudman.
At nationals, 46 states were represented with 86 contestants checking in at the Oklahoma Trap Shooting Association Range for shooting flights.
Trap shooters are in “flights” of five that shoot 25 targets in a “round.” Participants breaking 21 or fewer targets are not qualified to advance to the next round, thus being eliminated from the competition.
“This contest is a little different from, say, 4-H,” Hudman’s mother Lichelle said. “For example, you have to qualify the first round with a 22 to make it to the second round.”
A complete round is four sets of 25 targets for a total score possibility of 100 points.
All four Texas qualifiers advanced to the fourth and final round. Currie, who placed first in Texas, finished ninth at nationals. Chadwick, who placed third in Texas, finished seventh at nationals. Hudman, who placed fourth at Texas, finished 16th at nationals, and Ehlinger, who placed second in Texas, finished 23rd at nationals.
Hudman, a first-time national qualifier, is already looking forward to the future, hoping to qualify again next year.
“It was a great experience,” Hudman said. “It was fun to talk to the kids from different states about what they do and where they are from. I hope to make it back next year.”