Ohio State travels to West Virginia to top their Citadel aggregate of 4646 from last week.
The Ohio State University Rifle Team fired a season high score of 4683 at WVU on Saturday, Sept. 30. The defending national champion Mountaineers fired a team score of 4731, which included an NCAA record air rifle score of 2390.
In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2322 paced by senior Drew Cheezum, who fired a 584 individual. Overall, the team had a very solid showing in smallbore with sophomore Rhiann Travis (580), junior Michael Steinel (579), senior Mark Matheny (579) and freshman Elizabeth Dutton (570) rounding out team scoring. Shooting as individuals, sophomore Alli Kissel fired a personal best score of 589, one point off the program record. Fellow sophomore Jacob Buchanan posted a 580, while senior Josh Black (579), and juniors Brendan Whitaker (570), Bailey Urbach (566) and Quintin Wotring (560) rounded out individual scoring.
In air rifle, Ohio State fired a team score of 2361 led by Rhiann Travis who fired a 592. Travis was followed closely by Jacob Buchanan (591), Drew Cheezum (589), Mark Matheny (589), and Josh Black (584) who rounded out team scoring. Leading the way for Ohio State’s individuals was Elizabeth Dutton who fired a 588. She was followed by Michael Steinel (584), Alli Kissell (582), Quintin Wotring (581), Bailey Urbach (578) and Brendan Whitaker (575).
The Bucks are in great spirits with their team performance so far this season. Coach Ryan Tanoue explains the teams mentality, “I know that the team was very pleased to go out and have a very solid top to bottom performance on Saturday. Our team score of 4683 is certainly more along the lines of where we want to be performing, but we know there are definitely improvements to be made and points to gain over the course of the season.”
The team remains focused, and Coach Tanoue explains that not becoming overconfident is key.
Coach Tanoue also weighed in on what it means to have success so early in the season, “I feel that a performance like we had on Saturday will become a great measuring stick for the season because of how consistent and solid it was. I know that it will create excitement and motivation for the team moving forward.”
The Bucks are motivated to continue to measure up to their current success as the season continues. Catch the team in action this upcoming Saturday in Reno, Nevada.
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