The Ohio State University Rifle Team competed against the University of Nevada in Reno over the weekend posting a team score of 4614.
In smallbore, the team fired a score of 2291 led by freshman Elizabeth Dutton, who fired a 578. She was followed by junior Bailey Urbach, who posted a 572. Fellow junior Quintin Wotring was close behind with a 571, while freshman Paige Pruden (570) and junior Brendan Whitaker (561) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Competing as an individual freshman, Wynn Lekhavanija fired a 554. For Pruden and Lekhavanija, it was the start of their careers as Buckeyes. Adding to the firsts this past weekend, Urbach, Wotring, Pruden and Whitaker recorded their first performances for the counting team.
Coach Ryan Tanoue elaborated on the opportunity Nevada presented for younger team members, “This past weekend posed a unique opportunity for our team to gain valuable competition experience on the road against a very good Nevada team. It was fantastic to see Wynn and Paige get their Ohio State careers underway, and to see many of these athletes compete on the counting team for the first time in their careers.”
In air rifle the team posted a score of 2323, led again by Dutton who fired a 588. Urbach matched her personal best with a score of 584, followed by Lekhavanija (577), Wotring (574) and Pruden (573) who rounded out the team score. Firing as an individual, Whitaker posted a score of 561.
Coach explained the impact that experience for the young Bucks will have going into the rest of the season, “Overall it was a fantastic experience for this group and I know we are fortunate to have been able to provide this type of opportunity to these members of the team. This experience will certainly help our team as we progress through the season.”
Catch the Rifle Team back in action this Friday and Saturday in Fairbanks, Ak. where they will compete against the University of Alaska and the US Air Force Academy.
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