Wolfpack Rifle Finishes First at NRA Sectional, SEARC 6
Feb. 23, 2014
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The NC State rifle team fired the top score at the sixth Southeastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) match of the season, which also served as the NRA sectional qualifier for the squad, Sunday afternoon at the Inuoye Marksmanship Center.
The Wolfpack shot a combined aggregate score of 4606 with a score of 2324 in the air rifle competition and a 2282 in smallbore. It was the fourth-highest clip the Pack has shot this season and first time eclipsing 4600 since Jan. 19 against West Virginia.
"We didn't set any personal records in this match, but overall good scores from our counting shooters," said head Keith Miller. "Our smallbore score was the best this semester. The total score of 4606, when combined with our Three Score Ranking score of 4609.67, yields an NCAA Ranking score of 9215.67. Based on unofficial results from around the country, we anticipate that we will maintain our current ranking of #15 in the country."
In the air rifle competition, senior Madeline Pike led the way by firing a score of 585, highlighted by a team-high 35 centers. Alex Martin posted the next-best score with a 581 and 33 centers, while redshirt senior Amy Roderer and sophomore Daniel Cliff each shot a 579 to round out the counting scores for the Wolfpack.
"The top eight teams will be clarified in the next couple of days, and then individual qualifiers will be notified, Miller explained. "Eight individuals will join the 40 team member slots for a total of 48 competitors at the championships."
Kozeniesky paced the squad in smallbore with a 578 clip and 25 centers. Pike was second in the event with a 573, while Roderer tallied a 568. The final counting shooter in the event was Martin who shot a 563 with 21 centers.
Cliff fired a 558 in the discipline and Price notched a 541. Williams rounded out the competing shooters for NC State with a 518.
NC State will next be in action this weekend when it competes in the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships in Oxford, Miss. The event begins on Friday, Feb. 28 and ends on Sunday, March 2.