A national champion marksman and his 16 teammates are bringing widespread attention to EKU.
Wes Burton, senior criminal justice major from Richmond and president of the University’s Trap and Skeet Club, has won five national titles since August, most recently becoming the 2015 SCTP National Collegiate Sporting Clays Champion at the annual National Collegiate Championship in Marengo, Ohio. The EKU team finished fifth in its 18-team division.
Comprising what is clearly the predominant team in Kentucky, Burton and his teammates are proving to be quite the recruiters for Eastern. It’s not unusual now to see younger shooters wearing EKU shirts.
The EKU club, with 14 males and three females, competes in approximately three events each semester. Burton has competed all across the nation: San Antonio, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Starkville, Mississippi; Savannah, Georgia and Sparta, Illinois, to name a few locales.
He began shooting at age 9 as a 4-H member, but Burton didn’t really blossom until he joined the EKU club as a freshman. Recently sanctioned as a professional by the National Sporting Clays Association, the 2012 Madison Central High School graduate plans to pursue the sport for a livelihood, knowing that he can always fall back on his criminal justice degree.