Kozeniesky Advances to Finals at Junior Olympics
April 26, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Lucas Kozeniesky of the NC State rifle team advanced to the finals in the air rifle and smallbore competitions at the Junior Olympic Shooting Championships on Friday. The Wolfpack freshman will compete in the finals session on Saturday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. (EST).
Kozeniesky fired the seventh-best score in the air rifle event to make the finals as one of the final eight shooters. During the regular season, the Fairfax, Va. Native also posted several high scores in air rifle.
“In air rifle, Lucas shot well enough during qualification to make the eight shooter finals,” said head coach Keith Miller. “This is fantastic and a great experience for him. He had a challenge or two and struggled a little, but ended up finishing seventh overall for the competition.”
In smallbore, Kozeniesky charted his two strongest scores as he is currently second among the group, sandwiched between All-America shooters from West Virginia and University of Alaska-Faribanks. On day one of the competition, he shot an 1156 and followed that performance with a score of 1154 the second day to record a combined score of 2310 .
“Lucas learned a lot during the air rifle final,” Miller added. “This is a new, fast-paced final, so he had some quick adjustments to make. I think that what he learned in the air rifle final will help him a lot in the smallbore final on Saturday.
“He’s in some very good company at the top of the smallbore final, as he is currently ranked between All-Americans from WVU and Alaska-Fairbanks. We’re very proud of him and his success out here has been a great thing for our program and him individually.”
Sophomore Daniel Cliff and redshirt freshman George Williams also participated in the Junior Olympics.