MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following three months at the No. 3 spot, the West Virginia University rifle team has reclaimed the nation’s top ranking in this week’s College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll.
The Mountaineers (8-0, 6-0 GARC) are slotted at No. 1 for the first time since the Oct. 31 poll. WVU has been ranked No. 1 a total of three times this season, including its pick as the nation’s top program in the 2013 CRCA Preseason Poll.
Today’s rankings are based on an average of the team’s top three scores, and all three scores must derive from a different range. The Mountaineers earned a boost in their average last Friday, as they shot a nation-best 4710 at Murray State’s Withrow Invitational.
Kentucky and Alaska-Fairbanks, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, the last two weeks, drop back to No. 2 and No. 3 this week. Both squads will shoot at the WVU Rifle Range next week. The Mountaineers will lineup against the Nanooks on Thursday, Feb. 6, and will shoot against the Wildcats for the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) regular-season title on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Jacksonville State and Army continue to rank No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Nebraska is No. 6, Air Force is No. 7 and Ohio State follows at No. 8. TCU and Murray State round out the top 10.
The Mountaineers do not shoot this weekend.