Mountaineers Find Success at World Cup

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • March 31, 2014 01:25 PM
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Maren Prediger
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – Several shooters associated with the West Virginia University rifle team achieved success this past weekend at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Fort Benning World Cup, currently being held in Fort Benning, Ga.
Shooting for Germany, Mountaineer junior Maren Prediger just missed qualifying for the women’s 10m air rifle final, as the Petersaurach, Germany, native finished ninth in the qualification relay on March 29 with a 416.3 score; the top-eight shooters qualify for the final.
Classmate Ziva Dvorsak, a native of Ljubljana, Slovenia, shot 414.6 in the qualification relay and placed 19th. Additionally, former Mountaineer All-American and three-time NCAA champion Petra Zublasing, shooting for Italy, finished 16th with a score of 415.0.
Zublasing had a career day in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions competition today, as she shot 462.0 in the final for the discipline victory. She entered the final in first place, having shot 591 in the qualification relay this morning. Dvorsak shot kneeling and prone today, but she did not finish the competition.
Junior Meelis Kiisk earned his highest finish thus far on March 28, as the Paide, Estonia, native shot 613.3 in the first men’s 10m air rifle qualification relay and finished 25th. He also finished 39th in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions yesterday with an 1147 score. Additionally, eight-year Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond, shooting for Great Britain, shot 1149 in the 3 position qualification relay and finished 37th.
Of note, former Mountaineer All-American and NCAA champion Nicco Campriani collected two top-eight finishes. The world’s No. 1-ranked shooter, Campriani, competing for Italy, won the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions title on Sunday with a 453.4 finals score. The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist, he entered the final in sixth place with an 1167 mark. Campriani also finished seventh in the men’s 10m air rifle on Friday with a 101.7 mark in the final; he finished first in his qualification relay with a score of 629.8.
Additionally, former Mountaineer All-American Bryant Wallizer, shooting for the United States, placed 20th (615.9) in his air rifle qualification relay and shot 1142 in the men’s 50 rifle 3 positions MQS match.
The ISSF Fort Benning World Cup concludes tomorrow with the men’s 50m rifle prone competition.