MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Five shooters from the National Champion West Virginia University rifle team collected a combined 14 National Rifle Association (NRA) and College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America honors over the weekend.
In addition to the individual awards, Mountaineer sophomore Ginny Thrasher
and freshman Milica Babic
earned the first-ever CRCA yearly awards, as Thrasher was named the CRCA Rifle Athlete of the Year and Babic was named the CRCA Freshman of the Year.
Four Mountaineers earned three All-America honors each. The only WVU shooter named to all three first teams, Thrasher ran her career total to six with NRA All-America First Team Air Rifle and Smallbore accolades, as well as CRCA All-America First Team honors.
Senior Jean-Pierre Lucas
and junior Elizabeth Gratz
each pushed their career totals to nine with this season’s awards. Lucas was named to the NRA First Team Smallbore and Honorable Mention Air Rifle squads, as well as the CRCA All-America Second Team. Gratz landed on the NRA First Team Air Rifle and Smallbore lists, as well as the CRCA All-America Second Team.
Babic collected her first career honors and was named to the NRA First Team Air Rifle and Second Team Smallbore, as well as the CRCA All-America Second Team. Classmate Morgan Phillips
was named to the NRA First Team Smallbore and CRCA All-America Honorable Mention Team lists.
The Mountaineers claimed their fifth straight and 19th overall NCAA title with a championship-record 4723 score at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships, March 10-11, at The Ohio State’s French Field House, in Columbus, Ohio.