CHARLESTON, S.C. – Ohio State fires 4646 at Citadel Test Event to start 2017 season.
The Ohio State University Rifle Team got their 2017 season underway at the Citadel Test Event in Charleston, S.C., firing a team score of 4646. The Citadel will serve as the host for the 2018 NCAA Rifle Championships March 9 & 10. Over the weekend, the Buckeyes were joined by West Virginia, North Carolina State and North Georgia in their travels to the Citadel.
In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2300 and were led by Sophomore All American Rhiann Travis who fired a 578. Senior Mark Matheny (576), junior Michael Steinel (574), sophomore Jacob Buchanan (572) and senior Drew Cheezum (568) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. In individual scoring freshman Elizabeth Dutton got her Buckeye career off to a fantastic start firing a team high 582. Senior Josh Black (577) and sophomore Alli Kissell (573) rounded out individual scoring for Ohio State.
In air rifle Ohio State fired a team score of 2346 and were again led by Rhiann Travis who fired a team high 591. Mark Matheny (588) and Drew Cheezum (585) were the next highest counting scores for the Buckeyes, and Jacob Buchanan (582) and Michael Steinel (580) rounded out team scoring. Elizabeth Dutton and Josh Black both fired scores of 586 to lead the way for the individual scorers, and Alli Kissell (574) rounded out individual scoring for the Buckeyes.
Coach Tanoue shared some light on the Buckeyes performance at the Citadel, “We’re glad to have our 2017 season underway and it was a great experience to bring our team to Charleston and the Citadel for the first time. Our team certainly faced many challenges throughout the weekend, but we know that now is the time to deal with and correct these issues. All of our challenges can and will be managed and we have a great opportunity to get moving in the right direction this coming weekend as we head to Morgantown to face defending National Champion West Virginia.”
Coach Tanoue was excited to head to Charleston, S.C. to expose the team to the site where the NCAA Championships will take place. He explains, “The Citadel and Coach Bill Smith did a fantastic job of hosting the test event and NCAA Rifle as a whole can definitely look forward to an incredible venue for the 2018 Championships.”
To hear more from Coach Tanoue, see his season preview video. Ohio State returns to action in Morgantown, W.V. this coming Saturday against West Virginia.