Clay Target: RedHawks Depart for Korea, ISSF Championships
August 28, 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three members of the Martin Methodist Clay Target team will represent both club and country when they participate in the ISSF World Championships in Changwon, South Korea next month.
Emma Williams (SO/Savannah, Tenn.) and Eli Christman (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.) will join transfer Madelynn Bernau (JR/Waterford, Wisc.) at the two-week event, which will be the first match with County Olympic Quotas on the line.
The Championships also mark the first chance to attain a Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS), which is required to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
Williams and Bernau will compete in Junior Women's Trap, while Christman competes in Junior Men's Skeet.
The international representation has been a tradition for the RedHawk Clay Target program, which launched in 2013. Since that time, several RedHawks have represented Team USA on the international stage.
Most recently, Williams and Christman shot for Team USA last summer at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Williams finished 10th and brought home a bronze in the team event. Christman finished 23rd and brought home a bronze in the team event.
“It is quite remarkable that a quarter of Team USA’s Junior World Championships Team calls themselves a RedHawk,” RedHawks head coach Chad Whittenburg said. “Our team continues to strive for the highest achievements possible both in the classroom and on the field. These RedHawk athletes are not only are representing Martin Methodist, but their country on the world stage.”
Williams and Bernau departed for South Korea earlier this week and will compete Sept. 6-7.
Christman will depart Sept. 3 and will compete Sept. 11-12.
“It has always been a great honor to represent Team USA on the world level,” Williams, who won the 2017 Martin Methodist College Barton Scholar Competition said. “And I am very excited to do so at my second World Championships. I am also thrilled to represent Martin Methodist at the World Championships once again. I hope to make everyone proud and to represent my school and country in the best way possible. I’ll be taking my stuffed Rowdy RedHawk with me for good luck!”