Nov. 16, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The NC State rifle team could not overcome some hot shooting by the 16th-ranked Navy Midshipmen as the squad fell, 4627-4596, Saturday afternoon at the Bancroft Rifle Range.
"We continued to struggle with our scores in smallbore," said head coach Keith Miller. "We've worked extra hard during training to strengthen our kneeling scores, so it was good to see that pay off. We just can't let our standing scores slip like that."
Freshman Lucas Kozeniesky led the squad in the air rifle competition, as he fired the third-best score in the event with a 588 clip. Sophomore Alex Martin shot a personal-best score of 582, while classmate Daniel Cliff finished with a 580 tally. Senior Madeline Pike charted a 575, while redshirt senior Amy Roderer recorded a 572. As a team, the Wolfpack posted a score of 2325.
In smallbore, Cliff paced the team with a score of 575, a personal best for the native of Fairfax, Va. Roderer fired the next-best total with a 568 and Kozeniesky scored a 565. Pike and Martin rounded out the scoring for State in the event with scores of 563 and 560, respectively. The five shooters combined to register a team score of 2271 in the competition.
"It was good to see Daniel [Cliff] set a personal record in smallbore," Miller added. "We've been working with him very closely in smallbore training, so it's fantastic to have him lead our team in the last two matches."
The Midshipmen seemed to be firing on all cylinders as the squad notched its highest overall score of the season at 4627 and its best air rifle score with a 2332 clip.
NC State has completed competition for the 2013 calendar year, but the squad will return to action on Jan. 11, 2014 when it travels to Murray, Ky., for matches against host Murray State and Columbus State.