Rifle Retains No. 1 Ranking

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • October 17, 2012 11:08 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On the heels of its NCAA-best performance, the West Virginia University rifle team earned the No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Week 2 Poll.

The Mountaineers (4-0, 2-0 GARC) retained the top billing for the second straight week on the basis of their NCAA-record 4717 team score, shot in a win over then-No. 10 Memphis (4634), yesterday, at the WVU Rifle Range.

“It’s nice to be ranked No. 1 for the second week,” says coach Jon Hammond. “We had a good match at Ohio State on Saturday, but yesterday was just one of those days when everyone shot really well and put forth a good team performance. We’re happy about this ranking, but we’re going to continue to focus on constant improvement.”

Defending national champion TCU, idle this past week, remains at No. 2, while Kentucky, the 2011 NCAA champion, enters the poll at No. 3 after shooting 4666 in its season opener on Oct. 13. After one week at No. 6, Army jumped back into the ranking’s top 5 and sits at No. 4, while Jacksonville State dropped two spots to No. 5

Nebraska and Alaska-Fairbanks fell two spots to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, while Memphis moved up two spots to No. 8. Mississippi and Murray State each fell back two spots to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

Today’s rankings are based on each team’s most-recent score.

After shooting three matches in 10 days, the Mountaineers will now rest before welcoming No. 12 Navy to the WVU Rifle Range on Saturday, Oct. 27.