NC State Rifle Returns to Action on Saturday
Jan. 11, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State rifle team will embark on the second half of its 2012-13 season on Saturday when it travels south to Charleston, S.C., for a Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) matchup against Army.
"It's going to be a steady pace for us starting this week," said head coach Keith Miller. "We have out of state matches for seven of the next eight weekends. From here out, we need to run like a well oiled machine, cranking out some good scores in the process. It should be fun."
The Pack fought through a very difficult schedule in the first half of the season after competing against several of the nation's top teams, including Nebraska, Alaska, Kentucky, Ole Miss and West Virginia.
NC State (13-5, 9-0 SEARC, 0-4 GARC) rewrote the record books on several occasions, including surpassing the 4600 mark in combined team score for the first time in program history against No. 2 Kentucky on Nov. 3. Additionally, the Pack broke five of the six possible single match records, with the team smallbore record being the only mark not to be rewritten.
Junior Madeline Pike continued to overlap her personal marks meet-after-meet, while setting a few school records along the way. Pike fired a school-best 591 in the air rifle competition against No. 1 West Virginia on Nov. 11, and also set the program standard in individual combined score with an 1171 aggregate on Oct. 6 against Alaska-Fairbanks.
"Maddy Pike had a fantastic semester, setting all of the major individual records," said Miller. "She's turned into a very dependable, stable shooter. Keeping her performances on a high plane proves that she's really matured as a shooter. Her hard work is paying off."
The Wolfpack met the Black Knights in their home range last season in West Point, N.Y., but NC State fell short with a team score of 4575.
"Ron Wigger's team is very strong as usual, so our focus is more internal - we want to start the semester at the same level that we ended the Fall," said Miller. "A solid set of scores by everyone on the team would be great."