Wolfpack Cap Strong Start at SEARC 1
Oct. 1, 2012
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The NC State rifle team finished up its first meet this past weekend, posting the second-highest team air rifle score in the program's history with a 2317 total at the first Southeastern Air Rifle Conference competition of the 2012-13 season.
"Overall, we're pleased with our performance in the match," said head coach Keith Miller. "Our combined score (4582) was just a few points shy of our goal, but still above our average from last year. Our top three returning shooters all had some strong results and some minor rough spots."
Junior Madeline Pike finished with a team-high score of 1148, after firing a 575 with the air rifle, but not before cruising to a team-best 573 in the smallbore competition Her effort in smallbore also tied her career high.
Sophomore and 2012 SEARC Champion Dani Foster posted shot a 581 in the air rifle, combined with a 565 smallbore score for an 1146 total and the second best overall score for the Wolfpack.
Graduate student and 2011 SEARC Champion Bryan Cross recorded not only a personal best, but the highest score of any NC State shooter in the air rifle competition, before posting a 561 mark in the smallbore competition for an 1143 total. Freshman Daniel Cliff also had a strong performance, aiming his way to the third best score among Wolfpack shooters with a 579 score with the air rifle and a 566 clip in smallbore shooting, for an 1145 total.
Also suiting up for NC State were freshman Alex Martin (568 air rifle, 558 smallbore, 1126 total) and redshirt junior Amy Roderer (558 air rifle, 541 smallbore, 1099 total), whose performances helped seal the team’s victory.
"Given all of this, we're confident that we can take our total score up over the 4600 threshold over the next few matches," Miller said. "This is one of our main goals this year - to have a majority of our scores over 4600."
The Wolfpack, which improved to 6-0 overall (5-0 SEARC), will next compete when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 5-6. NC State will face Nebraska on Friday, Oct. 5, before meeting Alaska-Fairbanks the following day. Both matches will feature live scoring where fans can watch real time target results each day.