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    Sophomore Daniel Cliff
    Sophomore Daniel Cliff
     

    Nov. 10, 2013

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. - The 12th-ranked NC State rifle team tied the program record in the air rifle competition by firing a score of 2336 to finish first at the South Eastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) match five Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Wolfpack improves to 15-4 on the season and remains unbeaten against SEARC competition at 13-0.

    State finished the match with a total team score of 4604, while North Georgia and The Citadel ended second and third with scores of 4517 and 4474, respectively.

    "It was another solid outing for our team today and I'm pleased with how we performed," said head coach Keith Miller. "Our air rifle score tied the program record, so I'm really excited about that, but we're still working to improve on our smallbore scores."

    Freshman Lucas Kozeniesky led the Pack in the air rifle competition with a score of 587 to tie as the top score in the event. Senior Madeline Pike fired a 585 to finish second, while Daniel Cliff, a sophomore from Fairfax, Va., shot a 583. Redshirt senior Amy Roderer posted the next-best score with a 581, while sophomore Alex Martin rounded out the lineup registering a 574.The team's score of 2336 was a season-high for the squad and tied the program record.

    In smallbore, Cliff charted a personal-best 571 to pace the field in the competition. Roderer tallied a 567, followed by Kozeniesky with a 566. Pike fired a 564 and Martin recorded a score of 556 as the final member of the State lineup competing in the event. As a team, the squad shot a 2268, besting the next-highest score in the event by 41 points.


     

     

    "We've worked a lot on Daniel's [Cliff] smallbore in practice lately, so it's good to see him have success," Miller added. "He's struggled with maintaining the optimal pace for himself, but did a much better job of that today and it really paid off.  It was another solid outing from our freshman standout Lucas [Kozeniesky] as well. He fired a 587 in air rifle for the third time this year, pulling his average up a bit."

    Cliff tallied the highest total score in the match with a 1154, while Kozeniesky finished next with a 1153. Pike shot a 1149 and Roderer charted a 1148.

    "We try to have our top four shooters all over 1150 in total score, and we were close to that today," said Miller. "Daniel [Cliff] and Lucas [Kozeniesky] were over the mark, while Maddy [Pike] and Amy [Roderer] were just under it."

    NC State will return to action when it travels to Annapolis, Md., for a dual match against the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday, Nov. 16.

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