Ohio State Competes in Alaska; Fires Program Record Score
Jan. 21, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State rifle team punctuated its first ever trip to Fairbanks, Alaska by firing a new program record 4666 team score Sunday.
On Saturday Ohio State fell 4687-4648 to conference foe and second-ranked Alaska Fairbanks.
In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2309 led by senior Amanda Luoma and sophomore Remington Lyman who fired a 583 and 582, respectively. Freshman Deanna Binnie posted a 576 while junior Greg Hagar (568) and freshman Anthony Cuozzo (564) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Also competing was sophomore Alex Kimura who fired a 565 competing as an individual.
In air rifle Ohio State fired a 2339 again led by Luoma (590) and Lyman (589). Cuozzo (584), Binnie (576) and Hagar (576) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes while Kimura fired a 578 as an individual.
On Sunday Ohio State fired a new program record 4666, besting their previous high of 4655 fired in a victory over Army in November. Ohio State defeated the Citadel who's mixed and women's team fired a 4438 and 4206, respectively.
In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a 2315 and were led by a personal best performance from Cuozzo who fired a 583. Luoma also fired a 583 while Lyman posted a 580. Hagar (569) and Binnie (563) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes with Kimura posting a 566 as an individual.
In air rifle Ohio State fired a program-record 2351 led by personal bests from Luoma (594) and Hagar (588). Lyman (586), Cuozzo (583) and Binnie (573) rounded out team scoring with Kimura posting a 579 as an individual.
"We were definitely able to make our long journey to Fairbanks a memorable one highlighted by the team's record performance on Sunday," Ryan Tanoue, head coach of the Buckeyes, stated. "Although Saturday was a bit of a challenge, the team was able to lift their performance on Sunday and to be able to best our program's previous high score by 11 points was a huge step forward for our team. Having Amanda, Greg and Anthony fire personal bests was fantastic and having the team as a whole put together solid performances all around on the same day was something that we have been pushing for all season and to see it come together on the road was hugely gratifying."
"The 4666 will also certainly boost our confidence as well as our season average and position in the rankings. I am certain that although we have now posted three new program record scores this season, the best is yet to come for our team and I am excited and looking forward to carrying this momentum to Murray State this coming weekend."
The Buckeyes return to action at the Roger Withrow Open hosted by Murray State this coming Saturday, Jan. 25.
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