The 2018 NC Rifle Championships concluded with air rifle competition earlier this afternoon. The Buckeyes claimed seventh place overall in this year’s Championships. The Bucks also secured a sixth place team finish in air rifle competition, shooting a 2354 air rifle aggregate as a team.
Coach Ryan Tanoue weighs in on the team’s performance at the 2018 NC Rifle Championships, “The NCAA Championships is the event that every team has been working toward all season. I have to start by congratulating the University of Kentucky for winning the title with a fantastic performance over the past two days. For our team, I feel that although we faced some challenges, we persevered and saw some really good performances over the two days of competition. Our entire team has worked very had over the course of the season and qualifying for the NCAA championship and placing 7th for the 3rd year in a row was a fantastic accomplishment for our team.”
Shooting a 2354 in air rifle today and a 2310 in smallbore yesterday, the Bucks hold an overall aggregate score of 4664. This score slots Ohio State in seventh place overall for the 2018 NC Rifle Championships.
The final team standings for the 2018 NCAA Championships are as follows:
- University of Kentucky (4717)
- West Virginia University (4708)
- Texas Christian University (4701)
- Murray State University (4684)
- US Air Force Academy (4669)
- University of Alaska Fairbanks (4667)
- Ohio State University (4664)
- University of Nebraska (4655)
Counters taking the lead for Ohio State included senior Drew Cheezum and sophomore Rhiann Travis, who both fired off a score of 592. Following them closely was freshman Elizabeth Dutton with a 589, and sophomore Jacob Buchanan rounded out the counting team with a 581. Unfortunately, senior Joshua Black was disqualified, though he shot a solid score of 589. Reason for disqualification was an overweight gun.
The team standings for air rifle competition are as follows:
- West Virginia University (2381)
- Texas Christian University (2375)
- University of Kentucky (2372)
- Murray State University (2360)
- University of Alaska Fairbanks (2355)
- Ohio State University (2354)
- US Air Force Academy (2350)
- University of Nebraska (2345)
Coach Tanoue is very pleased with the team’s performance this season, “The season overall was one for the record books,” Coach Tanoue reflects. “We set new team records in air rifle, smallbore and aggregate. We also became the 7th team to fire a score over 4700 with our 4711 in January. We have been building toward this type of score level over the past several seasons and posting that score will be a memory that lasts a long time for myself and the team.”
As for individual standings, the Buckeyes have Drew Cheezum slotted in to claim 11th place overall, with Rhiann Travis on his heels at 12th place overall. Following Cheezum and Travis, Elizabeth Dutton checks in at 23rd overall in air rifle. Jacob Buchanan rounds in the team at 41st overall.
Smallbore scores from day one of competition:
Concluding this season, senior leadership for the Buckeyes will not go unrecognized. Coach Tanoue agrees, explaining, “I could not be more thankful for what Drew, Josh, and Mark have done for this team and for me personally. They were true team players from day one and gave everything that they had to help us accomplish many team goals on the range, in the classroom and in life. They have meant so much to this team over the past four years and they will be impossible to replace.”
All-American awards will be announced later this evening at the banquet ceremony. Looking forward to next season, the Buckeyes have a strong roster. Returning counters for the Buckeyes are Rhiann Travis and Jacob Buchanan, who will both be juniors this fall. Additionally, Elizabeth Dutton will be returning as a sophomore this fall. The Bucks have a solid roster of current juniors, as well as some strong underclassmen who will be competing for counting positions.
Coach Tanoue weighs in on the upcoming season, “Looking forward to next season, the bar continues to rise and we will need to keep rising with it. We have a great core of athletes returning and are looking forward to bringing in a fantastic freshman class to help us keep pushing toward the front of the group. Now that the 2018 champion has been crowned, we have our sights firmly set on the 2019 NCAA championships which will be held at West Virginia University.
Congratulations to the Ohio State University Rifle Team on a great season, and you can catch the Buckeyes back in action this fall!