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The weekend of Oct 21-22 feature twenty NCAA Rifle teams competing at seven different ranges. The top four teams continued to break the 4700 Aggregate score (WVU-4739, TCU-4726, UK-4714, and Murray State-4704).  Ginny Thrasher (WVU) had the high score of matches this weekend with an 1189. Mindy Miles (TCU) and Henrik Larsen (UK) both led their teams with 1187.

WVU: The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team shot an NCAA air rifle record with a winning 2392 air rifle total, two-points  better than the previous NCAA record of 2390 the team set in a win over Ohio State on Sept. 30.  Ginny Thrasher paced WVU with a 1189 with their win over Ole Miss.

Top 4 WVU Individual Aggregate scores:

TCU: The No 1 ranked TCU Horned Frogs continued undefeated with another excellent aggregate match score of 4,726 at Murray State. This follows 4,728 4,726 and 4,718 in their first three matches. Mindy Miles led the way with a 1187, as they scored a win over Murray St and Jacksonville St.

Top 5 TCU Individual Aggregate scores:

UK: The third-ranked UK rifle team picked up its second consecutive ranked win after it defeated No. 16 Morehead State, 4714-4625.  The Wildcats have fired above 4700 in every match this season.  Henrick Larsen fired an 1187 aggregate score and was the top individual for the third time in as many matches. Carr and Azzinaro made up the remainder of the top three.
Top 5 UK Individual Aggregate scores:

Murray State: In a three way match with TCU and Jacksonville St, Murray placed second. They only trailed TCU in Air-rifle by two points. However TCU had a 20 point lead from Smallbore.

Check out the links above for the NCAA Rifle Scoreboard, as well as the University Rifle sites.

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Top Three NCAA Rifle Teams Remain Undefeated!

Top 10 NCAA Rifle rankings as of October 11, 2017

  1) West Virginia

  2) TCU

  3) Kentucky

  4) Murray State

  5) Alaska

  6) Air Force

  7) Ohio State

  8) Nevada

  9) Ole Miss

 10) JSU

No. 1 WVU Rifle (Week 3:  4716)

The West Virginia University rifle team continued its win streak with a 4716-4653 victory over Nebraska. The Mountaineers (3-0, 2-0 in conference) earned their second Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) win with a sweep of both smallbore, 2336-2304, and air rifle, 2380-2349.

For smallbore rifle, sophomores Milica Babic and Morgan Phillips tied for second with scores of 586, a season-best for Phillips. Two WVU student-athletes earned individual wins. Milica Babic won her second straight air rifle victory with a 597 score, while redshirt-freshman David Koenders took smallbore with a career-high score of 588 total.

No. 2 TCU Rifle  (Week 3: 4718)

A career day for freshman Elizabeth Marsh helped the undefeated TCU rifle team to a first place finish at The Citadel during their match-up. Marsh produced career highs in air rifle (597) and aggregate (1185) to lead all shooters competing that day at the match.  The Horned Frogs fired a team aggregate score of 4718 which was the highest score fired in Week 3 of competition. 

Rachel Garner, Casey Lutz and Mindy Miles (pictured) all fired identical air rifle scores of 594. Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics

No. 3 UK Rifle  (Week 3: 4711)

The third-ranked Kentucky rifle team defeated No. 13 Navy, 4711-4640, inside the Buell Armory for its first home win of the season. Four UK student-athletes shot 590―or better―in air rifle, which led them to a 10-point increase in the discipline from the first match. Kentucky fired 2376 in air rifle and 2335 in smallbore rifle.

Freshman Henrik Larsen continued to lead the way for UK with an Aggregate 1191. He tied the school record and his personal-best score in air rifle (598) for the second week in a row. The Norway, native set new school records in smallbore (595) and combined (1193) the previous week at the Ole Miss Open.

No. 4 Murray State (Week 3: 4710)

Except for a week 2 loss to UK, Murray State is also shooting well, with a 4710 in their fourth match.

Check out the full article from the SSUSA Staff

2017 Kentucky Rifle Team. Photo courtesy of UK Athletics

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Led by freshman Henrik Larsen's record-breaking performance, the fourth-ranked Kentucky rifle team fired a 4714 at the Ole Miss Open on Saturday inside the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center.

Larsen paved the way for the Wildcats in the first match of his career, setting school records in smallbore and combined. The Mysen, Norway, product put on a show and fired a 595 in smallbore and a 598 in air rifle for a 1193 combined score. Larsen's 598 matches the team-high score in the discipline from all of the 2016-17 season, while his 595 surpasses the previous school record by three points.

The Cats fired 2348 in smallbore, one of their highest scores in recent action, and 2367 in air rifle. This is the first time that UK has started the season above the 4700 mark.

Full story at UK Athletics

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The 2017 U.S. Roberts Mens Prone Team regained possession of the prestigious trophy defeating the British 3838 to 3827. The USA Randle Womens Prone Team also won its match with Great Britain 2304 to 2289. So both trophies are back in the USA! Go USA!

Roberts Team Firing members were Eric Uptagrafft who posted the match high score of 391, on the international targets, Hank Gray, Mark Del Cotto, Morgen Dietrich, Kevin Nevius, Howard Pitts, Mike Seery, Billy Azzinaro and Matt Chezem. Wind coaches were Team Captain Patti Clark, Team Coach Shawn Carpenter, Team Adjutant Hap Rocketto, Reserve Shawn Wells and Reserve Mike O’Connor. Martha Kelley was in the scoring room as U.S. observer.

The Randle Team members were led by Edie Fleeman and Martha Kelly.  Firing team members included Michelle Bohren, Lily Davenport, Ruby Gomes, Elizabeth Harty, Ginger McLemore and Chris Rakyta for the win. The Randle Ladies were coached by Kevin Nevius, Mike O’Connor, Joe Graf, Hank Gray, Kerry Spurgin and Eric Uptagrafft.

Editor’s note: The full match report for the Roberts Team match will be published in a future edition of the SSUSA digital magazine. Special thanks to Roberts Team Adjutant Hap Rocketto for the Roberts Match Report, and Elizabeth Harty for the article at SSUSA with the view as a competitor on the winning Randle Team.  Check out the full story on the Randle Team Match from Elizabeth Harty over at

A big difference from shooting NRA Smallbore Nationals at Bristol, IN, and other competitions here in the U.S. is the wind flags. In England, they use wind socks which require a lot more wind to move compared to the thin strips of material we use in the United States.

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