MORGANTOWN W.Va. – West Virginia senior Petra Zublasing
and freshman Garrett Spurgeon
were named the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Shooter and Senior Shooter of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively, this evening, at the GARC Championships Banquet, in Oxford, Miss.
The awards were handed out prior to the 2013 GARC Championships that are taking place on Feb. 23-24 at Mississippi’s Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center. The No. 1-ranked Mountaineers (11-1, 5-1 GARC) are shooting to defending for the fourth consecutive year.
Zublasing, an Appiano, Italy, native, is the third straight Mountaineer, and the fourth overall, to earn the conference’s top honors. This is her second year in a row winning the Shooter of the Year award.
Spurgeon, a Canton, Mo., native, is the fourth Mountaineer to earn the Rookie of the Year award. Sophomore Thomas Kyanko
won the honor last year.
Zublasing finished the season with the conference’s top air rifle (596.33), smallbore (591.2) and combined score (1187.3) season averages. She was named to all three all-conference first teams.
Spurgeon was named to the smallbore and combined score all conference first teams and earned an air rifle honorable mention.
WVU earned 23 total All-GARC honors at tonight’s banquet.
Sophomore Maren Prediger
joined Zublasing on the all conference air rifle first team.
Kyanko made the smallbore all conference second team. He also was the teams Scholar Athlete honoree.
Sophomores Taylor Ciotola
and Meelis Kiisk
were named to the air rifle, combined score and smallbore second teams. Junior Daniel Sojka
joined them on the smallbore team and also earned a place on the combined score and air rifle honorable mention teams.
Freshman Patrick Sunderman
also was named to the smallbore all conference honorable mention team.
The Mountaineers take to the line for the smallbore relay tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET, with the individual smallbore finals set to begin at 6:30 p.m. The team air rifle competition begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, with the individual finals following at 1:45 p.m.