FAIRBANKS — Alaska Nanooks head coach Dan Jordan was happy to see a group of Nanooks shooters past and present excel in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday and Wednesday at the USA Shooting January Selection Match for the upcoming World Cup USA.
Former Nanooks and Olympic medalist Matt Emmons and current Nanooks junior Ryan Anderson finished 1-2 in the men’s 3x40 competition at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The Nanooks also were represented in the top 10 by three others who are either varsity or alumni.
Former Nanook Joseph Hein placed third, Nanooks sophomore Tim Sherry placed fourth and junior teammate Mike Liuzza finished seventh.
Jamie Beyerle, another Olympic medalist and former Nanook, was the top shooter overall in the women’s 3x20 competition and Nanooks sophomore Lorelei Stanfield placed 10th.
“I’m proud of the shooters that are on the team currently,’’ Jordan said by telephone Wednesday. “They’ve been working hard all year and it’s nice to see it paid off.
“Lorelei was fourth (Tuesday) behind three Olympians, Ryan won on the first day and Tim and Mike put up good performances,’’ Jordan added. “With four of the top five (men) being Nanooks ... it was just really solid performances by a couple of people and it’s really fun to see that, to see us get backup that level we’ve been working toward for a couple of years.”
Emmons, Anderson and Hein qualified to represent the United States at the World Cup USA that is scheduled for Fort Benning, Ga., during the week of March 23. The international meet occurs not long after the Nanooks compete in the NCAA Championships in Murray, Ky., on March 14-15.
Emmons finished with a total of 2,360 in the selection meet that featured standing, kneeling and prone shooting. Anderson finished only three points back and his 2,357 effort included Tuesday’s top total of 1,166.
“Ryan’s been shooting good all season and he’s been working on his consistency,’’ Jordan said. “It’s really hard to put up two good days in a row.
“It’s good, too, to see Tim and Mike do good on back to back days and make the final,’’ Jordan added.
Hein compiled a two-day total of 2,340.
Sherry, with a 2,326 total, qualified for World Cup USA but his scores at Fort Benning will not count toward the United States’ results.
Liuzza finished with a 2,324 total.
Gray finished with an 1,182 total, just one point ahead of former Olympian Amy Sowash and seven ahead of another ex-Olympian, Sarah Scherer.
Stanfield ended her two days at the Olympic Training Center with a total of 1,152.
“It helps us really look good looking toward the (NCAA) championship because they got some really high experience at a high level,’’ Jordan said.
Nanooks freshman Dan Geer placed 14th among the men with a total of 2,225 and junior Mats Erickson was entered but didn’t compete.
Nanooks sophomore Alexis Nardone finished with a total of 1,120 in the women’s competition and redshirt freshman Sagen Maddalena ended 16th with a 1,119 total. Alaska sophomore Jaimie Barnes finished 17th with a 1,110 total.
The Nanooks are staying in Colorado Springs to compete against the Air Force Academy at 6 ADT this morning in a Patriot Rifle Conference match and at 7 AST Sunday morning in an exhibition against the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Training Center.
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