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#5 UAF comes up short against #4 TCU in rifle shootout

Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 7:29 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Although it was their first action in nearly two months, the #5 University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle program did not have too much rust to knock off of their equipment. In their 2020-21 Fairbanks-debut Friday, UAF shot a season-high 4703 on Friday against #4 Texas Christian University, but it was not enough to top TCU’s 4722 aggregate score performance.

Results aside, there were strong individual performances from the Blue and Gold. United States Naval Academy transfer Daniel Enger was the top shooter in smallbore Friday, posting a 589. Redshirt freshman Rylan Kissell led UAF in the air rifle event, scoring a 593, good for third on the day at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range on the UAF campus.

“Friday was a brilliant team effort I think,” said first year head coach Will Anti. “It is certainly nice to be back in the 4700-score territory, it was a first time we’ve eclipsed that mark this year, so that was a big deal for us for sure. “

On Sunday, the teams moved over to the Tanana Valley Sportsmen’s Association range for day two of competition. TCU, the 2019 overall National Champions, topped UAF 4730-4685 to hand the Nanooks their second loss on the weekend. Kissell was the top aggregate scorer for UAF at 1172, followed by Jessica Boyce’s 1171 performance. Junior Kellen McAferty paced the ‘Nooks in smallbore with a score of 586, behind two TCU shooters.

After hosting #4 TCU, the Nanooks welcome another top program to town this weekend in #6 Air Force before the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships February 6-7. Facing strong competition towards the end of the season was done with intention, according to Anti.

“The schedule was made carefully, so that we would shoot in the second semester against some really high-ranked teams that, you know, might not always result in a win, but would result in us having to perform well and upping that level of intensity,” said Anti. “As the semester goes on, we want to be building the intensity as we go into the conference championship and hopefully the national championship.”

Day one of competition against #6 Air Force, the 2019 Smallbore National Champions, begins on Saturday at the E.F. Horton Range before migrating to TVSA on Sunday for day two.

Complete results of the two-day match with #4 TCU can be found below.

Friday, Jan. 15 (TCU 4722, UAF 4703)

RankTeamAthleteSmallboreAir RifleAggregate
1TCUStephanie Grundsøe5885971185
2TCULiz Marsh5875971184
3TCUKristen Hemphill5885921180
4UAFDaniel Enger5895891178
5UAFRylan Kissell5815931174
6UAFLiam Eberhart5865871173
7UAFKellen McAferty5855881173
8TCUAbby Gordon5805931173
9TCUGrace Taschuk5795921171
10UAFJessica Boyce5765921168
11TCUStephanie Allan5735881161
12TCUNina Schuett5745851159
13UAFMarina Gonzalez Mago5755811156
14UAFAndrew Pham5665841150

Sunday, Jan. 17 (TCU 4730, UAF 4685)

RankTeamAthleteSmallboreAir RifleAggregate
1TCUStephanie Grundsøe5945981192
2TCULiz Marsh5905941184
3TCUKristen Hemphill5835931176
4TCUNina Schuett5815941175
5UAFRylan Kissell5775951172
6UAFJessica Boyce5815901171
7TCUAbby Gordon5765951171
8UAFKellen McAferty5865841170
TCUGrace Taschuk5835871170
10UAFDaniel Enger5805871167
11Liam Eberhart5785881166
12Stephanie Allan5785861164
13Marina Gonzalez Mago5725841156
14Andrew Pham5705821152

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