No. 14 Rifle Rewrites Record Book at NCAA Qualifier
Feb. 17, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The 14th-ranked NC State rifle team bested its team air rifle record once again with a 2,336 total, helping the Wolfpack set a new record for combined total with a 4,623 score to win SEARC 6 and its NRA Sectional meet at the Daniel K. Inouye Hall Marksmanship Center at The Citadel.
"Clearly, we're very happy to fire our highest score of the season at the NCAA qualifier," said head coach Keith Miller. "You can't ask for much more than that."
The Wolfpack broke the 4,600 barrier for the fourth time this season, and topped the previous program record of 4,619, which was set Jan. 26 against Air Force.
"While having an individual qualify for the NCAAs like Dani [Foster] did last year would have been great, this match was more of a team success," Miller said.
NC State (32-7, 19-0 SEARC, 1-5 GARC) received a lift from freshman Daniel Cliff, who shot a 587 to lead the Wolfpack's record-setting effort in the air rifle competition. Junior Madeline Pike followed up with a 586 mark, graduate student Bryan Cross notched a 582 and sophomore Dani Foster triggered a 581 score.
The Pack then combined for a 2,287 mark in smallbore, behind freshman Alex Martin's team-leading and personal-best 575 score. Pike and Foster tallied 574 scores, while Cliff posted a 564 aggregate in the event.
"I'm really proud of our two freshmen, Alex and Daniel," Miller said. "In addition to giving us valuable contributions all year, both shot very well in their first NCAA qualifier. It's great to have such [high] scores from true freshmen, so we're really excited about what the future holds for both of them. They've been great additions to our team."
The Wolfpack will compete next weekend, Feb. 22-24, at the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships in Oxford, Miss.
"With our increased competitiveness this year, we're really looking forward to it," Miller said. "The competition will be at the absolute highest level, but that's where you want to be - shooting against the best in the nation."