No. 13 NC State Rifle Upsets No. 9 Memphis
Feb. 3, 2013
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The 13th-ranked NC State rifle team endured some adversity, but overcame the circumstances to combine for a 4,592 combined team score, upsetting ninth-ranked Memphis and defeating North Georgia College for its first Great American Rifle Conference victory of the season.
The North Georgia College shooting range did not have a heating system in its range, and ventilation fans brought in 20-degree outside air, which blew directly upon the shooters. Luckily, the Wolfpack was no stranger to shooting in cool conditions, and did not allow the weather to dictate its performance.
“While the cold affected everyone, we were a bit more used to shooting in such conditions,” said head coach Keith Miller. “It can get quite cold at our practice facility in Holly Springs, so we have more experience shooting even when very cold. It's not fun, but sometimes you have little choice.”
Memphis edged NC State, 2,329-2,2323, in a very close air rifle competition, which saw junior Madeline Pike fire a team-high 586 in the event. Sophomore Dani Foster followed up with a 582, freshman Daniel Cliff a 578 and graduate student Bryan Cross a 577 total. Newcomer Alex Martin also competed in the event, and notched a 568 score.
As the cool weather began to fester throughout the shooting range, the individual scores for all three teams were adversely affected. Pike and Foster led the Pack with 571 scores, which tied for the second-highest among all shooters. Cliff and Martin shot a 564 and 563, respectively, before Cross closed out with a 554 aggregate. NC State combined for a 2,269 total in smallbore, while Memphis compiled just 2,250.
North Georgia combined for a 2,274 score in air rifle and a 2,160 smallbore mark for a 4,434 total on the day.
NC State (23-7, 14-0 SEARC, 1-5 GARC) will have a two-week hiatus between matches before it travels to Charleston, S.C., for the NRA Sectional, Feb. 16.