May 9, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Head coach Keith Miller announced today that the NC State rifle team has added two student-athletes to its roster. Daniel Cliff and Alex Martin will join the Wolfpack squad for the 2012-13 season.
Martin, from Swanzey, N.H., comes to NC State from Monadnock Regional High School. He was captain of the Ferrybrook Junior Rifle Team for Cheshire County Fish and Game in 2011 and 2012.
Among the many honors that he accumulated during his high school career, Martin was a two-time New Hampshire state champion in air rifle, as well as in indoor three-position smallbore. He was also the New Hampshire champion in both the indoor and outdoor prone in 2011. Martin was a two-time qualifier for the Junior Olympics.
Martin has personal-bests of 576 in smallbore and 570 in air rifle.
"Alex should help us right off the bat," Miller said. "He’s been shooting some strong smallbore scores over the past year, so that will likely be his initial strength. His air rifle scores aren’t as high as his smallbore, but once we get him practicing it more consistently on our MegaLink electronically scored targets, they should
Aside from his rifle accolades, Martin also became an Eagle Scout in 2011 with Troop 311. A versatile athlete, Martin also competed for the cross country team at Monadnock. A four-year member of the National Honor Society, he plans to study mechanical engineering.
Cliff, a native of Fairfax, Va., was a varsity member of the rifle squad, as well as a scholar athlete, all four years of high school. He served as co-captain of the team at W.T. Woodson high school his senior year, and was named the MVP during that season.
Cliff was named to the All-Metro team for air rifle and smallbore both his junior and senior years. He was also a regional champion in air rifle in 2011 and 2012. Cliff qualified for the Junior Olympics twice during his high school career.
The Virginia smallbore champion in 2012, Cliff also garnered runner-up honors in air rifle at the same competition. He was a 2012 Virginia State Junior Olympic champion in three-position air rifle.
"Daniel comes to us shooting solid air rifle scores that should put him in contention for one of the five
spots on our counting squad," said Miller. "He’s had limited smallbore practice opportunities recently, but shows
tremendous potential there and we expect to be able to develop him in that area once he gets into the
collegiate practice regimen."
Complementing his high school team, Cliff was also a member of the Arlington Optimist Acorns Combined Junior Rifle Club, as well as the NOVA Sharpshooters Air Team. Cliff has been shooting smallbore for less than two years, but has fired a personal best score of 572 in the event. He has a career-high score of 575 in air rifle.
Cliff will be enrolled in First-Year College.
"These two gentlemen are expected to be a core part of our program over the next few years," said Miller.