Young people from five counties competed in the Northern New Mexico Youth Clays Challenge on Oct. 18.

The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club hosted the 2014 Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Challenge earlier this month for athletes from Los Alamos, Taos, Otero, Mora and Sandoval counties.
Shooters from 4-H, Scholastic Clay Target Program and Boy Scouts participated in the event. The competition included three age groups: 12 and under, 13-15 and 16-18.
Los Alamos girls dominated the 16-19 females with JoAnna O’Neill taking first overall, Kes Luchini took second and Shelby Chavez took third. Luchini and O’Neill played through tiebreakers to determine the winners in two events.
In the 16-18 males, Nick Greenfield took overall first place and Josh Smith took overall third place. Tom Hanlon took fourth overall.
First place overall in 13-15 females went to Andrea Simons.
“Our young shooters and their coaches had a great time at this event,” said LASC youth programs coordinator Michael O’Neill. “It is always nice to see the big smiles on the kids’ faces when they are breaking clays.”
The event was sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish and the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club.
Last month, nine Los Alamos youths participated in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Shooting Access for Everyone (SAFE) Program at the Los Alamos Sportsmens Club.