Pack Rifle Wins SEARC 1 at VMI
Sept. 21, 2013
LEXINGTON, Va. – The NC State rifle team opened the 2013-14 campaign with a win at the first South Eastern Air Rifle Conference match of the season, held at VMI on Saturday. The Wolfpack finished with a team score of 2322 in the air rifle competition to finish first, besting the second place team’s total by 48.
The Citadel finished second in the team standing with a score of 2274, the University of North Georgia and Wofford claimed third and fourth with scores of 2266 and 2203, respectively.
“Overall, it was a great match for the team,” said head coach Keith Miller. “There were a few unknowns coming into this match since we don’t usually start this early, but we look at this match as a jump start that will help guide us for the next two weeks of practice as we prepare for some big matches in October.”
Sophomore Daniel Cliff was the high shooter in the match, taking the top spot with a score of 585. Redshirt senior Amy Roderer fired a personal-best 582 to finish second, while senior Madeline Pike shot a 579 to take third. Roderer’s score topped her previous career-best by 10 points.
“Amy’s [Roderer] been working really hard this year and trusting in herself, so it’s rewarding to see it all fall into place for her,” Miller added.
Alex Martin, a sophomore from Swanzey, N.H., also competed at the match, recording a 576 to claim seventh. Redshirt freshmen George Williams and Sarah Williams made their collegiate debuts as George shot a 574 and Sarah fired a 544. True freshman Lucas Kozeniesky registered a 574 in his first collegiate action.
“Our core group of shooters are back from last year – Daniel Cliff, Alex Martin and Madeline Pike – and they paced us well in this match,” said Miller. “ Today was a very good from a coaching perspective as we can now focus on a few things we identified and be better prepared for the heart of our season.”
NC State will have its next match against Ole Miss in Fairbanks, Alaska on Oct. 11, before competing against Alaska – Fairbanks on the following day.