No. 13 NC State Falls to No. 1 West Virginia
Nov. 11, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Junior Madeline Pike set the school record with a 591 mark in the air rifle competition, but the 13th-ranked NC State rifle team was defeated, 4697-4596, by top-ranked West Virginia Sunday afternoon.
Pike, who led the Wolfpack with an 1168 combined score on the day after firing a 577 in smallbore, broke the program record with her air rifle performance, becoming the first shooter in school history to surpass the 590 threshold in the event.
"We expected that the Individual air rifle record would fall sometime this year,” said head coach Keith Miller. “Seeing Maddy set it in the last match of the semester leaves us with a nice final note to savor during the mid-season break."
Sophomore Dani Foster fired an 1147 on the day with a 570 smallbore mark and a 577 score in the air rifle, while graduate student Bryan Cross tallied a 569 in smallbore and a 575 total in air rifle for an 1134 total. Freshman Daniel Cliff secured an 1137 ledger on the day after shooting a 563 in smallbore and 574 in air rifle. Newcomer Alex Martin was NC State’s fifth shooter, and recorded an 1132 aggregate in the contest.
"It was a good end to the semester and we're really looking forward to cranking out some good scores when we come back from break,” said assistant coach Jennifer Marshall. “We had a really supportive atmosphere for the match. The Mountaineers are always good hosts, but we also had parents of four of our shooters travel to Morgantown for the match. It was great having our own cheering section on the road."
After concluding the fall portion of the season, the Pack will have a two-month hiatus between matches before returning to competition against Army, Jan. 12, in Charleston, S.C.