NC State Rifle Falls Short Against Alaska-Fairbanks
Oct. 7, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. – Junior Madeline Pike set two program records, but the NC State rifle team fell just short, as Alaska-Fairbanks out-shot the Wolfpack, 4622-4599 in a Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) match on Saturday afternoon.
Pike, a Centreville, Va., native, fired a school record 585 in smallbore, in addition to a team-best 586 with the air rifle, en route to an 1171 individual total, which also set the standard for NC State’s (6-2, 5-0 SEARC, 0-1 GARC) rifle program.
“While all five shooters in this match contributed to the team records, clearly, it was an awesome day for Maddy Pike,” said head coach Keith Miller. “Not only did she set a new individual smallbore record with her 585 smallbore score, but when combined with her air rifle score of 586 - which tied her PR for that event, Maddy also set a new school record for combined score with her 1171. Both of these new records broke the marks that Dani Foster set last year.”
Prior to Pike’s impressive performance, the Wolfpack also set the program mark for team total in the air rifle competition with 2321 points. If that wasn’t enough, NC State also set the school record with a 4599 combined team score on the day.
“Overall we had an excellent match,” Miller said. “Our goal was a 4600 - something we've been building up to, yet we ended up at 4599. Nonetheless, this is still a school record so we're very pleased with our performance.”
Sophomore Dani Foster also had a solid day, firing a 581 with the air rifle, before closing out the smallbore competition at a 570 clip. Her smallbore and 1151 total scores both ranked second on the team in Saturday’s contest.
Freshman Alex Martin combined for an 1137 total, freshman Daniel Cliff an 1136 score, and graduate student Bryan Cross tallied an 1133 aggregate to help NC State to the program’s best overall score.
“As we've raised our scores, our expectations have followed,” stated Miller. “This is true for the team as a whole, and for each shooter individually. We expect more of ourselves and are more competitive with each other. The net result is a stronger and more confident team.
“We think this team has a lot of untapped potential. This weekend was a good peak at what we can do if we keep working hard and improving our execution. It should be an exciting year for us.”
After a two-week hiatus between matches, the Wolfpack will return to action at SEARC 2 on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Milledgeville, Ga.