Columbus, Ohio- The Ohio State University Rifle Team welcomed over 75 competitors to the 5th annual Dr. John C. Fellingham Buckeye Open over the weekend.
The Buckeyes faced against with Nevada on Saturday and posted a team score of 4692, besting Nevada’s 4663. The score of 4692 is the third highest in the history of the program and set a new team score record for a home match.
In smallbore, Ohio State posted a season best score of 2327, led by a season best performance from senior Mark Matheny who fired a 587. Fellow senior Drew Cheezum (583), sophomores Jacob Buchanan (581) and Rhiann Travis (576) and freshman Elizabeth Dutton (575) rounded out team scoring. Sophomore Alli Kissell led the way for Ohio State’s individuals posting a score of 578. She was followed by freshman Paige Pruden (577), junior Michael Steinel (577), senior Josh Black (576) juniors Quintin Wotring (575), junior Brendan Whitaker (569), junior Bailey Urbach (564), freshman Wynn Lekhavanija (557) and junior Patrick Sardo (533). Rounding out the individuals were freshman Jared Minor (568), Megan Wilcoxson (558) and Mica Harr (549) firing in their first match as Buckeyes.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes posted a team score of 2365 led by Jacob Buchanan’s 593. He was followed closely by Drew Cheezum and Rhiann Travis who both posted scores of 591. Elizabeth Dutton fired a personal best 590, while Mark Matheny (588) rounded out team scoring. Michael Steinel (592) led the way for Ohio State’s individuals followed by Josh Black (589), Paige Pruden (588), Mica Harr (583), Alli Kissell (582), Wynn Lekhavanija (582), Bailey Urbach (578), Brendan Whitaker (576), Quintin Wotring (576), Jared Minor (572), Megan Wilcoxson (571) and Patrick Sardo (563).
Coach Ryan Tanoue weighs in on the importance of Dr. John C. Fellingham to Ohio State’s rifle program, “The Dr. John. C. Fellingham Buckeye Open is always a very special match for our team. Honoring Dr. Fellingham with this match is a token of our appreciation for his support of our team and we thank all of those who participated this week and will be here in two weeks for the second half of the competition.
Coach Tanoue also was very happy with the team’s first performance at home, “For our team it was really a fantastic performance over the weekend. Top to bottom it was the most complete whole team performance we’ve had since I have been the head coach. We had really solid performances all around with many personal bests, and that was reflected in our team score. Beating our previous home record is a great feeling and without a doubt our performance from this weekend will set a concrete benchmark for us to build from for the rest of this season.”
Catch the Buckeyes back in action next Saturday, Nov. 4 at home in Converse Hall, where they will welcome Murray State and UTEP.