This year marks the inaugural year for the USA High School Clay Target League National Championship and the Andrews Mustangs are headed to Michigan to compete in it.
This is the second season for the Andrews trapshooting team and they are part of the Texas State High School Clay Target League. This event will have over 2,000 student athletes representing their schools and over 5,000 spectators are expected to attend. For the Mustangs, getting to experience this in their second year is an unreal feeling for both the new comers and the returners.
"It's crazy to think about how far we've come in just a short amount of time and the amount of possibilities in the future that other shooters can have in the sport if they join," said Brandon Garcia.
Heading into her senior year at Andrews High School, Genesis Munoz has mixed emotions.
"It's exciting and kind of emotional for me because it's my last few years so I'm making the most of it," said Genesis Munoz.
The Mustangs have seven student athletes heading to Nationals with five competing in the team event. All seven will compete individually.
"When you receive the emails that they qualified and they get to go against real good shooters up there in the North, I always tell them hard work shows," said Andrews coach Jesse Munoz.
Although they haven't been a team for long, the Mustangs know why their team is so special.
"It's just a family here and we've just grown together so well. It's like a fire that grows between all of us," said Garcia.
As this sport continues to grow, this young team hopes to have left a mark on the the program.
"I think our overall goal is to open it up to new people because as I am leaving next year, I hope to leave this sport to people who are going to enjoy it, just as much as I have," said Damyan Sanchez.
For head coach Jesse Munoz, his pride was hard to put into words.
"I'm really happy. I'm proud of this moment that we have accomplished because they paved the way for more kids and more schools in our surrounding areas. They're going to be legends in my book," said Coach Munoz.
The National Championship will take place July 12th-15th in Mason, Michigan.