Pack Rifle Signs Pekari to National Letter of Intent
Nov. 21, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State rifle head coach Keith Miller announced on Thursday that Derya Pekari has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Wolfpack next season.
“We're thrilled to have Derya as the newest member of the Wolfpack Rifle Family,” said Miller. “She's made tremendous progress in her shooting over the past year, and we look forward to continuing that when she arrives here.”
Pekari hails from Fairfax, Va., where she has been a two-year member of the varsity rifle team at W.T. Woodson High School, the same high school that current rifle team member Daniel Cliff attended. Last season, she was voted the MVP of her high school team.
“The northern Virginia area has been good to us, with current team members Maddy [Pike], Daniel [Cliff], and Lucas [Kozeniesky] all coming to us from the region. In all of those cases, once they got the extra practice and coaching attention that we can provide, their scores improved greatly,” Miller added.
She was tabbed an All-Met selection in air rifle and smallbore as a junior, while receiving the accolade in air rifle as a sophomore. Pekari placed second at the 3P Air Rifle Regionals in 2013, one spot behind Lucas Kozeniesky, a member of the 2013 State rifle squad.
A team captain on her high school team, she competed in the 2013 Junior Olympics and earned a fifth-place finish at the Intermediate Junior International Air Rifle in the Virginia State Sectionals. The incoming freshman is also a National Rifle Association (NRA) certified instructor and has been a two-year member of the Arlington Optimist Acorns. She is spending her senior year studying abroad in Rota, Spain.
“Given her level of enthusiasm and work ethic, we expect Derya to fit into the same model,” said Miller. “Everyone is looking forward to her being a part of our team for the next four years.”
The Wolfpack has completed action for the 2013 calendar year and will have its next match on Jan. 11, 2014 in Murray, Ky., against Murray State and Columbus State.