Out of all the shooting tournaments Tara Creighton participated in, she never competed out of state.
Her first out-of-state tournament proved to be a pleasant experience. Creighton and teammates Melissa Barringer, Brandon Hobbs and Chance Hunsaker guided Team Texas to a national championship at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship last month in Grand Island, Neb.
“It was a great feeling to be a national champion,” Creighton said. “It was an awesome week and it was great to represent my state.”
Texas won the overall with a score of 8.8261. Georgia had a score of 8.5115 to finish second.
Creighton set the tone for her team in skeet. She shot a perfect score of 100 to not only claim the individual championship in the event, but also help her team win the event.
“I kept my fingers crossed that the 100 I shot at 8 in the morning would put pressure on everyone else,” Creighton said. “I shot 100 one other time, but that was during a practice.”
While Creighton had a perfect score, her teammates followed suit by keeping their scores close. Hunsaker finished second with a 99, Hobbs finished in a tie for sixth with a 98, and Barringer finished in a 10th-place tie with 97.
Texas also won trap with Barringer shooting a 99 to win the individual crown.
Creighton shot 96 to finish fifth.
Texas won sporting clays as well with Hobbs and Hunsaker finishing first and third, respectively. Creighton shot 83 in the event.
“Shooting in Grand Island wasn’t much different than any other course I competed on,” Creighton said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of pressure. It felt like we were right at home.”
For Creighton, who graduated from Madisonville High School last month, she has one more 4-H shooting competition next week. She will participate in the 4-H state shooting championships July 14-18 in San Antonio.
“I’ve been to that course many times so it’s like a second home to me,” Creighton said. “It’ll be hard to top winning a national championship, but my goal is to win the ladies overall title.”