Kearney grad wins national trapshooting title

Madison Peisert, left, and her Kearney trapshooting teammates in May accept recognition from Kearney School Board President Mark Kelly for winning a second straight state title. Peisert claimed a national club title for Lathrop Area Shooting Club July 29 in Sparta, Illinois. Also in the photo are her high school teammates Allison Darling, Savannah Peisert, Abigail Manners and Ellyssa Gallinger.

SPARTA, Ill. — A recent Kearney High School graduate has added more hardware to her collection after claiming an individual national trapshooting title.

Madison Peisert won the Aim Grand National Handicap title on July 29, beating out thousands in the process. Peisert previously helped the Bulldogs girls trapshooting team claim back-to-back state championships in her final two years at Kearney.

Peisert, competing for the Lathrop Area Shooting Club, has been shooting on the national level for about four years, and finally broke through to win a national title after a three-day competition.

“Not as many kids or people than at state,” Peisert said when asked about the difference between competing at the club and school state levels. “It’s about 200 versus thousands from all over the nation at nationals.”

Another difference between nationals and school competitions, she said, is at the national handicap level, competitors shoot from further back.

Peisert said she was excited to win after placing well enough the previous day.

“I didn’t learn that I had won until the next day when I was heading into another competition. So when I heard, I was really excited heading into my next event,” she said.

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at or 389-6643.

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