Jan. 30, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The No. 20 rifle team had a strong showing on Saturday, setting multiple school records while competing against The Citadel, No. 6 Ole Miss, and No. 14 Air Force. NC State finished third in the match, topping The Citadel but falling to Ole Miss and Air Force.
As a team, the Wolfpack fired new school records in combined score (4596) and in smallbore (2292).
"This match was an important step forward for us," said head coach Keith Miller. "Our team not only shot well, but we gained confidence. As our scores steadily climb, we keep getting closer to our goals. Our shooters know that they can perform at a high level and can count on themselves and their teammates to continue to raise our scores, and by doing so our competitiveness."
Madeline Pike and Dani Foster also set school records with their scores this weekend. Pike's total score of 1155 was good for a new record, while Foster's 578 in smallbore tied the school record held by teammate Bryan Cross, set earlier this season.
Pike, Foster, and Cross all fired personal records at the match as well. Pike's 570 smallbore score and 585 air rifle mark were personal records, while Foster's smallbore score (578) and combined score (1152) were as well. Cross shot a total score of 1149 for a personal record.
As a team, NC State had strong showing across the board in smallbore, as it combined to set a new record. Aside from personal records by Pike and Foster, Cross also fired a 574, and William Teller shot a 570. Foster led the team with a runner-up finish, followed by Cross in fifth. Pike and Teller also turned in top-10 finished, placing eighth and ninth, respectively.
"For most of the year our air rifle has been stronger than our smallbore, so it was quite rewarding to have strong smallbore scores across the board," said Miller. "It was the first time we've ever had our top four all shoot 570 or above in smallbore."
In air rifle, Pike's personal record of 585 was good for X place to lead the team. Cross shot a 575, followed by Foster with 574. Teller (570) and Hall (567) also competed.
Ole Miss placed first (4640), followed by Air Force (4610), NC State (4596) and The Citadel (4456). The Wolfpack topped both Ole Miss and Air Force in smallbore.
NC State will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4, against the University of Kentucky in Morgantown, West Virginia.