Buckeyes Notch Season-high Against No. 1 West Virginia
Freshman Mark Matheny led the team in both guns against West Virginia
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10-ranked Ohio State Rifle team took on No. 1 West Virginia on Sunday in the team’s first home competition of the year and fired a season high 4,652. The Mountaineers finished with a score of 4,695.
In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a 2,303 and were led by freshman Mark Matheny who fired a 581. That score was one point off of his season high 582 which he fired at UTEP two weeks ago.
Rounding out team scoring for Ohio State was sophomore Deanna Binnie (576), freshman Drew Cheezum (575), junior Remington Lyman (571) and freshman Josh Black (566). Several Buckeyes made their season debut shooting as individuals on Sunday. Sophomore Kendal Elder led that group in smallbore by firing a score of 560. Junior Alex Kimura (556) and senior Jane Lankes (539) also competed in their first match of the season.
In air rifle, Ohio State fired a 2349 which was the second highest air rifle team score in program history. Matheny again led the way with a season best 589. Sophomore Chrissy Thomas and Drew Cheezum fired matching 587s while Lyman’s 586 and Black’s 578 rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. The 587 for Thomas was her high score of the season and Cheezum was one point off of his high score for the year. Firing as individuals, sophomore Anthony Cuozzo fired his season best score of 587 while in their first action of the season Alex Kimura fired a 583, Kendal Elder fired a 573 and Jane Lankes a 553.
“Overall, I felt we had a very solid day on Sunday against West Virginia,” head coach Ryan Tanoue said. “We were looking to build on our early season road performances and challenge ourselves against the No. 1 team in the country and I felt we accomplished that by posting our highest score of the season. We also had quite a few season high performances which is a great thing to see as we head into the heart of the fall portion of the schedule.
“In terms of where we stand performance wise as a group, we’ve been improving week by week and the team can certainly see the scores we are capable of achieving as we navigate the remainder of the fall season. Coming off of this weekend’s season high, we are extremely excited and motivated to improve further as we get back on the road to compete against Nebraska this coming Sunday.”
The Buckeyes will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 2, when it heads to Memphis, Tenn., to take on No. 6 Nebraska.