No. 3 Rifle to Close Fall Semester Competition

  • By Sara Wells
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  • November 15, 2013 02:24 PM
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Garrett Spurgeon
Morgantown, W.Va.  – The No. 3-ranked West Virginia University rifle team travels to Annapolis, Md., to take on Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe, No. 13 Navy, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
WVU (5-0, 3-0 GARC) looks close out the fall semester undefeated.
“It’s a chance to shoot on the road and somewhere where the majority of the team hasn’t been before,” explains coach Jon Hammond. “We’d like to put in one last good performance this semester and keep a clean record.”
The Mountaineers outshot Navy (6-4, 0-2 GARC) in their last meeting on October 27, 2012, 4710-4613. They earned victories in both guns, shooting 2365-2323 in air rifle and 2345-2290 in smallbore.
In its last weekend of competition, WVU defeated then-No. 12 Mississippi (4681-4614) and then-No. 16 Akron (4690-4605). The Mountaineers shot a season-high 2366 in air rifle against the Rebels and a season-high 2315 smallbore mark against the Zips.
“There aren’t any concerns going into this weekend’s match,” says Hammond. “We have improved on being better teammates to each other and just general things that we can control.”
Sophomore Garrett Spurgeon continues to be the most consistent shooter for the Mountaineers, claiming four smallbore wins and one air rifle this season. The Canton, Mo., native shot season highs during the Mountaineers’ last weekend of competition in air rifle (593) and smallbore (586). His air rifle mark was a career high. 
Junior Maren Prediger continues to hold the Mountaineers’ season high in air rifle, as she has shot 599 twice.
“We’re really getting into it,” says Hammond. “All of the shooters are learning more and progressing as athletes. They’re all learning - everyone from last year and the newcomers.”
WVU owns a 22-8 all-time series record over Navy, and is 1-0 on the road this season.
“This segment of the season is finishing,” Hammond says. “We’d like to keep going because we have good momentum and we’re working hard. We’ve definitely made progress this semester.”
The Midshipmen most recently fell to GARC foe Kentucky, 4693-4593, on Nov. 9, at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
Saturday’s match is set to start at 8 a.m. and will go into the afternoon.