NC State Rifle Downed at Nebraska
Oct. 5, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. – Although the Wolfpack replicated its point total from last weekend’s season-opening sweep at SEARC 1, the NC State rifle team suffered its first setback of the season Friday afternoon, as Nebraska outscored the Pack, 4635-4582.
“We're happy for Nebraska and their new coach Stacy Underwood,” said NC State head coach Keith Miller. “In their first match under her leadership they showed a good bit of improvement. They could easily be an NCAA qualifying team this year.”
Junior Madeline Pike fired a team-high 1148 on the day, just one point better than sophomore Dani Foster, who shot a team-best 581 with the air rifle. Freshman Alex Martin posted the highest score for the Wolfpack in the smallbore competition with a 572, and ranked third overall for State with an 1142 total.
“It was good to see Alex Martin post a strong smallbore score,” said Miller. “We knew that he could shoot in the 570's in smallbore, so his performance today validated our expectations. On top of that, he was our high individual in smallbore today.”
Graduate student Bryan Cross finished the day with an 1141 clip (575 air rifle + 566 smallbore) to close out NC State’s shooters. The Wolfpack finished the day with a 2310 total in the air rifle competition and a 2272 in smallbore.
“Hopefully everyone can improve by a few points tomorrow against Alaska,” commented Miller. “We have a goal of shooting over 4600 for the match, which is attainable with just a little more work, a little more patience, and a little better execution. Just two or three more points by each shooter in both events and we're there.”
The Pack will take on Alaska-Fairbanks, on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Lincoln. Live scoring and updated target results will be available here.