Pike, NC State Rifle Win SEARC Championships
March 2, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Junior Madeline Pike became the fourth-straight SEARC individual champion from NC State, leading the Wolfpack to back-to-back team titles at the SEARC Championships this weekend.
NC State claimed its seventh league title in program history and its third in the last four years.
“Between her excellent finals performance in smallbore at the GARC Championships last week, and winning the SEARC individual title this week, Maddy really put the exclamation mark on a fantastic season,” said head coach Keith Miller. “We're all extremely proud of her.”
Pike fired a team-high and matched her personal best with a 591 air rifle score – a mark that also set a new SEARC Championship meet record in the event. The Centreville, Va., native extended the streak of Wolfpack shooters to earn the conference’s top individual honor, joining Katie Siegert (2010), and teammates Bryan Cross (2011) and Dani Foster (2012).
The Pack placed five on the All-SEARC team, as Pike, Foster (2nd place), freshman Daniel Cliff (3rd), Cross (4th) and newcomer Alex Martin (8th) rounded out the honorees.
Following Pike’s impressive 591 mark, Foster tied her personal best and recorded a season-high 585 in the air rifle competition. Cross shot a 577, Cliff 576, Martin 573, and redshirt junior Amy Roderer rounded out the Pack’s scores with a 564.
"Obviously I'm happy for Maddy for placing first, but I think I join the rest of our team in being overjoyed that Bryan ended his collegiate shooting career with an awesome 10.8 in the tie-breaker,” said Miller. “You can't get much more clutch than that.
"No one works harder or puts more pressure on themself than Bryan, so it's gratifying to see him put such a nice finishing touch on his career. He's earned it."
The team’s 2,329 air rifle aggregate was also the third highest in program history.
The Wolfpack closes the season with a 38-7 mark overall, 24-0 in SEARC matches and 1-5 in GARC meets.