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Hensley makes SCTP International Skeet Team
Rita Mitchell

Gracie Hensley of Shelbyville and a junior at The Webb School, made the Scholastic Clay Target Program International Team in skeet after placing third in the finals at the SCTP National Team Championships in Marengo, Ohio, on July 5-6.

Hensley was 5th after the qualifying rounds, but she finished third in the finals to earn a place on SCTP’s international team. “Gracie had a slight setback in her first qualifying round, but she bounced back and shot some good scores in the next four rounds in order to make the finals. She was mentally strong in the finals. Because she kept her poise so well throughout the finals, she was able to shoot her best and medal,” said Webb skeet coach Buck Smith. “Gracie has worked hard for this, so she deserves to make the SCTP international team. We’re proud of her,” said Smith. 

Gracie Hensley - The Webb School
Hensley Shooting - The Webb School

 

International skeet is shot in the Olympics and World Cup events. In contrast to American skeet, the targets are faster, there are more doubles, and athletes cannot mount their shotgun until the target emerges. The SCTP International Team is selected at the national tournament each summer and aims to prepare promising athletes to make future junior Olympic and World Cup teams.

Emerson Berck Emily Rasmussen and Gracie Hensley

The top three finalists at the SCTP International skeet national tournament included, from left to right, Emily Rasmussen (2nd), Haidyn Stewart (1st), and Gracie Hensley (3rd).