MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 1-ranked West Virginia rifle team continued its undefeated season and triumphed over No. 9 Murray State, 4688-4615, in today’s match at the WVU Rifle Range.
The Mountaineers (5-0, 3-0 GARC) outshot the Racers in both guns, winning air rifle, 2356-2322, and smallbore, 2332-2293.
Senior Justin Pentz, junior Petra Zublasing and freshmen Taylor Ciotola, Meelis Kiisk and Thomas Kyanko contributed to the team’s overall score in both guns.
“It was really good, all around team effort today,” says Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond. “Thomas shot well, and Meelis had another really good day. The freshmen are really helping the team a lot.”
Zublasing continued on her winning streak, finishing first overall with a score of 1189. The Appiano, Italy, native also finished first in both guns, winning air rifle with a score of 596 (100, 99, 100, 99, 98, 100) and smallbore with a score of 593 (199 prone, 197 standing, 197 kneeling).
Zublasing’s smallbore score is an NCAA record and matches the school record set by former Mountaineer Nicco Campriani one season ago; the score also is a personal best.
Hammond’s squad took the top five overall spots, with Pentz finishing second overall with a combined score of 1168. Close behind Pentz was Kyanko (1167) and Kiisk (1164), followed by freshman Amy Bock (1156). Kiisk’s score was a personal best.
The Racers were paced by Kelsey Emme with a combined score of 1154 and Kyle Donnan with a combined score of 1152.
The Mountaineers earned the top four smallbore scores, with Kyanko finishing second (582), Pentz coming in third (581) and Kiisk placing fourth (576). Ciotola tied for fifth place with Murray State’s Kaitlin Cleven with a score of 575.
The Racer’s Emme took second place in air rifle with a score of 592. Kiisk took the third spot (588), followed by seniors Michael Kulbacki and Pentz who tied with scores of 587. Kyanko (585) and Bock (583) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Donnan of Murray State came in eighth (582), followed by junior Chance Cover (580) and Ciotola (576).
“We get a break next weekend, and we can use the time to train and work on some things and just keep doing what we’re doing,” Hammond says.
The Mountaineers next match is on Nov. 12 against Ole Miss at the WVU Rifle Range.