Rifle: Zublasing, Kiisk Shot Top Visitor Scores

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • December 05, 2011 03:30 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior Petra Zublasing and freshman Meelis Kiisk won the women’s and men’s visitor air rifle competition, respectively, at the USA Shooting Olympic Team Air Rifle Trials, this past weekend, at the CMP Marksmanship Center – South, in Anniston, Ala.

Zublasing shot a two-day relay total of 799 (399, 400) in the women’s 10m air rifle competition, including a perfect 400 score on the Dec. 4, while Kiisk shot a two-day total of 1174 (589, 585) in the men’s 10 air rifle.

Freshman Amy Bock, also competing as a visitor, shot a two-day total of 784 (391, 392) and finished in fourth place in the women’s visitor category.

In addition to the visitor finishes, the Mountaineers had four shooters place in the top 50 of the men’s competition with senior Justin Pentz leading the pack and finishing 23rd overall with a two-day total of 1168 (585, 583). Freshman Thomas Kyanko placed 30th (583, 580), while freshmen Taylor Ciotola and Matthew Martin finished 40th (578, 571) and 49th (568, 558), respectively.

“This weekend was a good experience for everyone involved,” says Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond. “There were some good performances, especially from Amy and Petra, and the time in Alabama afforded everyone the opportunity to work on specific techniques that should help them next semester.”

Of note, former Mountaineer Bryant Wallizer (2008-10) finished fourth overall with an aggregate score of 1287.1. Wallizer, currently living in Colorado Springs, Colo., and training at the US Olympic Center, shot 593 on day one and 592 on day two. His aggregate score also included his best finals score of 102.1.

Last weekend was the first of the Trials’ two parts, with the second Trial held Feb. 24-26, 2012, at the CMP’s North facility in Camp Perry, Ohio. The USA team selection for the 2012 London Summer Olympics will be based on the aggregate of the fourth match courses and two best finals.