The Buckeyes finish fourth out of seven teams at the Patriot Rifle Conference Championship Match.
The Ohio State University Rifle Team traveled to Colorado Springs, Colorado to the United States Air Force Academy to compete in the 2018 Patriot Rifle Conference (PRC) Championship Match over the weekend. The Buckeyes finished 4th with a score of 4660. TCU (4697) was crowned the conference champions for the third consecutive year. The final standings were:
- TCU: 4697
- Air Force: 4670
- Alaska Fairbanks: 4667
- Ohio State: 4660
- Nevada: 4645
- UTEP: 4570
In smallbore, the team fired an aggregate score of 2299, led by sophomore Jacob Buchanan who fired a 577. He was followed closely by senior Drew Cheezum and freshman Elizabeth Dutton both firing 575s and senior Joshua Black posting a 572. Sophomore Rhiann Travis rounded out team scoring with a 567. Firing as an individual, senior Mark Matheny posted a 574.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes posted a score of 2361 led by Josh Black and Drew Cheezum who fired scores of 594 and 593 respectively. Jacob Buchanan and Elizabeth Dutton both posted scores of 587, while Rhiann Travis fired a 584 to round out the counting team. Firing as an individual Mark Matheny posted a 592. Josh Black and Drew Cheezum qualified for the individual finals with their scores, where Cheezum finished seventh and Black finished eighth. Both shooters were named to the PRC All Conference Team.
Coach Ryan Tanoue gives his thoughts on the PRCs after coming off the team’s hottest match of the year against TCU, “Heading into the weekend this was certainly not the result we were expecting. We haven’t faced a disappointing performance such as this since very early in the season, but we must take it as a learning experience to help us refocus and prepare for the NCAA Qualifier in two weeks.