Rifle Fires Season-High 4613 at Kentucky
Oct. 25, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The NC State rifle team fired a season-high 4613 as a team, but was edged by No. 2 Kentucky with a team score of 4659, Friday at the Buell Armory. The Wolfpack broke the 4600 mark for the first time this season and bested its previous season-high by 19 points (4594).
"We're happy to put up a much better total team score than we've done up to this point in the season," said head coach Keith Miller. " It was the result of a much stronger and more balanced air rifle effort. We shot our second-highest score in program history in air rifle, so we're pleased with that."
Freshman Lucas Kozeniesky led the squad in the air rifle competition, as the Fairfax, Va., native fired a personal-best 589. Senior Madeline Pike charted the next-best score for the Wolfpack with a 587, while redshirt senior Amy Roderer earned a 582. Sophomores Alex Martin and Daniel Cliff rounded out the lineup for the Pack and shot scores of 576 and 575, respectively.
As a result of all the great individual scores, the Wolfpack recorded its second-highest air rifle team score in program history with a 2334.
"Lucas' [Kozeniesky] air rifle score was another bright spot at the match," Miller added. "His score was the highest on the team so far this year, and is only two points off the school record of 591 that Madeline [Pike] set last year."
In smallbore, Pike paced the group with a score of 575. Kozeniesky finished closely behind with a 574, while Roderer fired a 569. Martin shot a 561 and Cliff registered a 558 as the final counting shooter for NC State. The squad compiled a team score of 2279 in the event.
NC State will return to competition on Saturday, Oct. 26 against Memphis. The match will be held at the Buell Armory on the University of Kentucky's campus.
"We're definitely making progress and we're looking forward to tomorrow's match against Memphis," said Miller. "With a few shooters making some adjustments, we hope to push up our team score a few points."