MORGANTOWN, W. Va.- The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team is set to travel to Ohio State to shoot in an NCAA qualifying match, on Feb. 17 at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall, in Columbus, Ohio.
The Mountaineers (11-1, 5-1 GARC) will shoot smallbore at 9 a.m. and air rifle at 11:30 a.m.
“To qualify for the NCAA Championships is the number one goal this weekend, but at the same time Sunday has to be treated as just another match” says coach Jon Hammond. “We are close to the end of the season. We need to just keep the momentum going, keep improving and have solid performances this weekend.”
WVU is coming off of a win over then- No. 11 Murray State, 4700-4628, on Feb. 9, at the WVU Rifle Range.
The Mountaineers won smallbore, 2328-2292, with senior Petra Zublasing
winning the discipline with a school-record 594 (199 prone, 197 standing, 198 kneeling). The Appiano, Italy, native’s record is one shot better than the previous Mountaineer record of 593, shot by Olympic Gold medalist Nicco Campriani in 2010.
Freshman Garrett Spurgeon
finished second in smallbore with a 581 mark. Sophomore Meelis Kiisk
shot a 578 and finished third.
WVU outshot the Racers in air rifle as well, 2372-2336. Zublasing paced the Mountaineers with a season-best mark of 599 (100-100-100-100-100-99). Sophomore Maren Prediger
finished second behind Zublasing, with a career-best 598. Kiisk finished third with a 589, mark while classmates Taylor Ciotola
and Thomas Kyanko
tied for fourth with scores of 586.
“We are going to Ohio State for the qualifiers, which is where the NCAA Championships will be held,” says Hammond. “This means that we can use this extra match there to our advantage to get ready for the championships in March.
“I want to see the team really work hard during the match. I look for them to do their best, fight it out and give the best performance that they can.”SMALLBOREAIR RIFLE