Ohio State to Host First PRC Championships

Feb. 4, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State will be the setting of the first Patriot Rifle Conference Championships this weekend. The Hugh W. Wylie Range will host the first Patriot Rifle Conference Championship Match this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9. The smallbore competition will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with air rifle beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.

The Patriot Rifle Conference (PRC) was formed in 2013 and consists of conference members Air Force, Alaska Fairbanks, Nevada, Ohio State, Texas Christian University (TCU), and Texas El Paso (UTEP). Heading into the conference championship match the PRC has four teams ranked in the top 10 including No. 3 Alaska, No. 7 Air Force, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 9 TCU.

All of the matches can be viewed online at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com by using the following links:





US Air Force Academy – Head Coach: Launi Meili (6th year)

Air Force is coming off a fifth-place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships and is ranked No. 7 in the country. The Falcons’ season high score of 4671 came just two weeks ago in a match at Nebraska. The Air Force squad includes: David Higgins (So.), Ryan Jacobs (Fr.), Noah Kwock (Fr.), Craig O’Daniel (Jr.), Mary Simonton (Fr.) and Kevyn Stinett (So.). The Falcons also have two returning All-Americans in Meredith Carpentier (Jr.) and Tyler Rico (So.).

Alaska Fairbanks – Head Coach: Dan Jordan (8th year)

The 10 time (1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008) NCAA Champions are coming off of a fourth-place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships and enter the PRC Championship match ranked No. 3 in the country. The Nanooks’ season-high score of 4702 came in a home victory over then top-ranked Kentucky in November. Alaska’s squad includes: Jaimie Barnes (So.), Dan Geer (Fr.), Sagen Maddalena (Fr.), Alexis Nardone (So.), Keanu Paikai (So.) and Lorelie Stanfield (So.). The Nanooks also have three returning All-Americans in Ryan Anderson (Jr.), Mats Ericksson (Jr.) and Mike Liuzza (Sr.).

Nevada – Head Coach: Fred Harvey (18th year)

Nevada enters the PRC Championship match ranked 17th in the country. The Wolf Pack’s season high score of 4597 came at UTEP in October. Nevada’s squad includes: Haunani Akana (Sr.), Gavin Au (Fr.) Jared Crews (Fr.), Zachary Duncan (Jr.), Chelsie Hata (Sr.), Teila Irwin (Sr.), Jessica Katsuyama (Fr.), Cassie Medlin (Jr.), Kenneth Mickey, Erik Oberacker (So.), Elsa Ochsner (Sr.), Greta Ochsner (So.), Murphy Ransier (Jr.), Jessica Ruxton (Sr.), Niki Silveria (So.), Emma Syverson (So.) and Lauren Zerkovich (So.).

Ohio State – Head Coach: Ryan Tanoue (2nd year)

Ohio State enters the PRC Championship match ranked eighth in the country. The Buckeyes’ season high score of 4666 was fired three weeks ago at Alaska. Ohio State’s squad includes: Dan Chapman (Sr.), Anthony Cuozzo (Fr.), Greg Hagar (Jr.), Alex Kimura (So.), Remington Lyman (So.), Deanna Binnie (Fr.), Kendal Elder (Fr.), Megan Hilbish (Fr.), Jane Lankes (Jr.), Amanda Luoma (Sr.), Megan Polonsky (Jr.) and Chrissy Thomas (Fr.).

Texas Christian – Head Coach: Karen Monez (9th year)

The two time (2010, 2012) NCAA Champions are coming off of a third-place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships and enter the PRC Championship match ranked ninth in the country. The Horned Frogs’ season high score of 4661 came at Ole Miss in October. The TCU squad includes: Hannah Black (So.), Kelly Bogart (So.), Katie Bridges (Fr.), Jamie Dowd (Sr.), Claudia Duksa (Jr.), Sally Li (Fr.), Lydia McGarva (Jr.) and Allie Taschuk (So.). The Horned Frogs also have two returning All-Americans, Catherine Green (Sr.) and Megan Lee (So.).

Texas El Paso – Head Coach: George Brenzovich (13th year)

UTEP enters the PRC Championship match ranked 20th in the country. The Miners’ season high score of 4543 came at home against Air Force in October. UTEP’s squad includes: Amy Bock (So.), Jasmine Juarez (Fr.), Jessica Kinder (Fr.), Areli Oros (Jr.), Jessica Rodriguez (Fr.), Korina Rodriguez (Sr.), Rachael Schoenrock (Fr.) and Monthserrat Serna (Fr.).