Former 'Teen Miss California' excelling on Fort Hays State shooting team

HAYS, Kan. A few years ago, Fort Hays State University junior Heather Gordon, from California, was competing in pageants.

Now, she's part of the FHSU Shotgun Team.

In 2016, Gordon won Teen Miss California. She enjoyed pageants growing up, but says her real passion was trap shooting. It's a sport her dad introduced her to when she was eight years old.

When Gordon was a freshman at FHSU, it made sense for her to join the Tigers' Shotgun Team.

"I love it so much. I mean, I always joke about, 'if I could shoot everyday, I'd be the happiest person in the world," Gordon says.

Recently, Gordon earned the title of "Highest Scoring Woman," and led the Tigers to placing first in a national college shooting championship.

"They are all good, great individuals and I couldn't be blessed with a greater bunch of kids," Fort Hays State Shotgun Team Coach Dr. Duane Scott says.

Gordon credits her success in the sport to her teammates who she considers family. She doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

"I shot with an 89-year-old guy who walked up the line with a walker and I always joke with my dad that's gonna be me, still shooting when I'm 92 years old with all my grand kids there," she says.

The Tiger Shotgun Team competes for another championship this weekend.