Pike Fires Season High at GARC Championships
March 2, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. - Senior Madeline Pike made the most of competing in the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships for the final time in her career, as she tied the school record in the air rifle competition with a score of 591 to lead the NC State rifle team over the weekend.
The Wolfpack finished eighth at the championships with a score of 4603, while top-ranked West Virginia fired a 4700 to win the event for the fifth consecutive year.
"Overall, I think we shot okay this weekend," said head coach Keith Miller. "Smallbore was a bit stronger than air rifle and just enough to stay ahead of newest conference member Akron, but just behind Navy. We hoped to move past Navy, but faltered a bit in air rifle."
Pike's mark in the air rifle competition was the sixth-highest score at the event and was just one center shot shy of qualifying her for the finals. Freshman Lucas Kozeniesky fired a 580, while sophomore Alex Martin shot a 574. Rounding out the lineup for the Pack, sophomore Daniel Cliff recorded a 573 and redshirt senior Amy Roderer tallied a 571. The group compiled a team score of 2318 in the event.
In smallbore, Kozeniesky paced the squad with a score of 577, while Pike charted a 575. Cliff registered a 570 and Roderer earned a 563 as the final counting shooter for the Wolfpack. Martin also took part in the event firing a score of 554. State ended the event with a team total of 2285.
"I think the match was good preparation for our SEARC Championship coming up next weekend," said Miller. "It was the last smallbore match of the year for Amy [Roderer] and Madeline [Pike] because we will not shoot it next weekend."
NC State will return to action next weekend when it competes in the Southeastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) Championships in Charleston, S.C., at The Citadel's Inuoye Marksmanship Center.