The University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle team advanced to 3-0 on the season after taking down Patriot Rifle Conference opponent Ohio State with a 4660-4658 win Friday at the Patty Center’s E.F. Horton Rifle Range.
The two-point win was UAF’s closest margin of victory in a dual meet since a one-point win over West Virginia on Feb. 1, 2015.
Nanooks’ Amy Gentry took first in smallbore with a 582 and Kellen McAferty finished second with a 581. Grace Nelson finished fifth with a 575.
“Our smallbore really improved today, it was nice to see everyone’s slings come together in a match,” Nanooks head coach Layne Lewis said, according to a Friday news release from UAF.
Jessica Boyce led the way for UAF in air rifle with a score of 593, ranking her second individually in air rifle. Following Boyce in the individual standings for UAF was Haley Castillo, who took fifth after shooting a 591.
Four Nanooks finished in the top 10 combined scores, led by Boyce who took third with a 1167. McAferty and Gentry placed fourth (1163) and fifth (1160), respectively. Nelson was the last UAF athlete to crack the top 10, finishing ninth with a 1157.
After Friday’s win, the Nanooks hold a 7-1 record in dual matches against the Buckeyes.
The Nanooks return to action at 8 a.m. Sunday, when they take on defending NCAA champion Texas Christian University at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range. The Nanooks are 2-6 against the Horned Frogs.
Sunday’s match is also senior day for UAF, as it’s the last home meet for the team’s two seniors, Gentry and Nelson. The Nanooks will be on the road for the rest of the season.
“They have been so great to work with over the past four years and they have become strong and commanding members within the team and are putting up some great scores,” Lewis said.
“I am excited to see how they will lead the team against TCU, the defending champions, and our toughest match yet.”
Ohio State and TCU face off today in a dual meet at the Tanana Valley Sportsmen’s Association.
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