UAF breaks multiple NCAA rifle records!
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A week ago the UAF rifle team took on two opponents while in Maryland and made history while doing it!
Their first competitor was North Carolina State University. That match took place on Saturday, November 13th. As one might expect from the still reigning number one team in the NCAA, the Nanooks took the win and by a decent margin as well. In air rifle, the nook’s shot 2378 points as a team. NCSU was close for this half shooting a 2364. In small-bore, UAF took the lead again, this time by over 40 points scoring 2356 points over the 2311 shot by North Carolina. This of course tallies up to an aggregate win for UAF with 4734 points while NCSU shot an total of 4675. The top five scorers for the whole match came from UAF, Rylan Kissell led the way shooting a 590 in small-bore and a 597 totaling 1187 giving him the top score overall. He was followed closely by teammate Sara Karasova who was one point higher in small-bore and had a total of 1186. rounding out the top five was; Gavin Barnick, Kellen McAferty and Daniel Enger. A shooter from NCSU took the 6th spot with an 1176.
The next day (November 14th) the nooks made history when the went up against the United States Naval Academy. In small-bore UAF shot 2371 to Navy’s 2317. For air rifle, the scores were very close with the Nanooks taking the category win by one point with 2378. This win feels small, no pun intended, but it is indeed huge because the Nanooks rifle team broke the NCAA small-bore rifle score for a single match! But why brake one record when you can brake two! UAF did just that making a new aggregate match record as their total adds up to 4749! Navy managed to shoot 4694 but clearly comes nowhere close to UAF. Rylan Kissell once again was the top shooter for the match and the team, this time with 592 in small-bore, 598 in air rifle, and a total of 1190. Sára Karasová came in second again with another 1186. in third, teammate Kellen McAferty would share the score of 1186, while Gavin Barnick took fourth with an 1185. Michael Zanti of the United States Naval Academy took fifth with an 1182.
All this as Rylen Kissell remains the top shooter in the NCAA and UAF as a whole is still ranked number 1 as well.
They shoot their next match on January 15th back at home in the E.F. Horton range against the University of Mississippi, a.k.a. Ole Miss.
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