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    NC State Rifle Posts Highest Score Of The Year At NCAA Collegiate Sectional

    Feb. 9, 2003

    The NC State rifle team continues to impress, this time by posting the highest air rifle score in school history with a 1,501 to defeat Penn State and VMI to improve to 23-5 on the season. It marked the first time that NC State has topped the 1,500 plateau. A season-high 4,336 in smallbore pushed NC State to an overall season high of 5,837. Only the top eight team scorers nationally are invited to the NCAA Championships, though the top-25 programs are ranked as well. Last season, NC State finished the season ranked 25th after firing a 5,760 in sectionals.

    "Although this was a solid performance, we are not yet back up to the level where we can qualify as a team for the NCAA Championships," explained head coach Keith Miller. "Nor did we have any individual shoot a high enough score to qualify personally. However, this was anticipated and we are still on track to return to the top tier of shooting teams nationally - one of our long term goals."

    NC State leads the SEARC with two matches remaining with a conference record of 14-2.

    Individually, John Maroglio posted a career-best 379 in air rifle to take the top individual title for the match.

    Senior Trey Ragsdale fired his second consecutive record air rifle score with a 377, marking the second straight week he has fired a 377. Ragsdale has posted five scores of 370 since November as he continues to elevate his performances.

    Sophomore Ryan Dorety tied her best air score ever with a 374, which combined with her second best smallbore score of 1,084 was good enough to set a new overall personal record of 1,458.

           Smallbore    Air Rifle     Total
    NCSU    4,336        1,501         5,837
    PSU     4,200        1,430         5,630
    VMI     4,207        1,339         5,546

    (SB team: Upton, Ragsdale, Dorety, Maroglio) (Air team: Upton, Ragsdale, Dorety, Harris)

    NCSU Individual scores:

    SB AIR Total Upton 1,108 376 1,484 Dorety 1,084 374* 1,458* Ragsdale 1,080 377* 1,457 Maroglio 1,064 379* 1,443* Steinkopff 1,062* 367 1,429 Broadwell 1,055 364 1,419

    Firing Air only: Harris 374 Davis 360 Ferrell 359 Kimball 342

    * = career best score (or tie of career best)

    Given that this was an NRA Collegiate Sectional, the following awards were presented by the NRA:

    First place team, SB NC State 4,336 First place team, Air NC State 1,501

    First place individual, SB Upton NC State 1,108 Second place individual, SB Marion PSU 1,090 Third place individual, SB Dorety NC State 1,084

    First place individual, Air Maroglio NC State 379 Second place individual, Air Ragsdale NC State 377 Third place individual, Air Upton NC State 376



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