Player Profiles



Thomas                             Kyanko
Thomas
Kyanko
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Wellsburg, W.Va.
Height: 5-10
Sport: Rifle

Biography

Experienced shooter who spent time with the USA Junior National Team … hard work has paid off on the national stage … had a strong junior season… consistently counts toward team’s scores … excels in the classroom… attending grad school this year.
 
At West Virginia in 2013-14
• WVU Nominee for 2013-14 Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year
• NRA All-America Second Team Smallbore
• All-GARC Second Team Smallbore and Honorable Mention Combined Team
• Capital One Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Second Team
• Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Men’s Team
• CRCA All-Academic Team
• Academic All-Big 12 At-Large Team
• Placed fifth shooting 585 in air rifle and tied for sixth place shooting 579 in smallbore against Akron
• Tied for third in air rifle with a 587 mark at Navy
• Shot a program-record 200 prone against NC State
• Shot a season-high 586 smallbore and 1179 combined scores (593 air rifle) against Alaska-Fairbanks
• Shot a career-high 594 air rifle, placing fifth, and tied for second shooting 585 smallbore against Kentucky
• Shot 581 smallbore and 585 air rifle at the NCAA Qualifier
• Placed fourth in smallbore with a 586 mark at the 2014 GARC Championships
• Placed sixth in smallbore, shooting a 584 relay mark and 412.6 in the final at the 2014 NCAA Championships; also shot 586 air rifle
• Tied for third on team in smallbore with a 580 average, also ranked No. 6 on the team with a 1165 combined score average and 585 air rifle average
• Placed seventh in the men’s open relay at the USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championships
• Shot at the 2014 USA Shooting National Championships
 
 
At West Virginia in 2012-13
• NRA All-America Second Team Smallbore 
• GARC Scholar-Athlete
• All-GARC Second Team Smallbore
• Named to the Capital One Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Third Team
• Named to the Capital One District 2 Academic All-District At-Large Men’s Team
• Academic All-Big 12 At-Large Team
• CRCA All-Academic Team
• Tied for the smallbore win in the season opener at Army with a career-best 591; also finished second in air rifle with a 591 score, giving him a career-best aggregate total of 1182, good enough for second place
• Tied for third place in smallbore at Ohio State with a 581 score
• Shot a season-best 592 air rifle on the first day of competition at Alaska-Fairbanks, good enough for fourth place
• Shot 584 smallbore and placed third in the second day of competition at Alaska-Fairbanks
• Finished second in smallbore against Nebraska with a 581 score
• Placed fourth in smallbore at the 2013 GARC Championships with a score of 684.4, finishing second in the open relay with a 587 mark and shooting 97.4 in the final; also shot 585 air rifle
• Competed as an individual smallbore qualifier at the 2013 NCAA Championships and finished seventh with a 675.9 score; shot 580 in the open relay and 95.9 in the final   
• Ranked No. 4 on team with a smallbore season average of 580.79 and No. 6 with a combined score season average of 1163.31
• Tallied a three-day score of 1734 at the 2012 USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championships
• Placed 11th in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions (2318), 27th in the men’s 10m air rifle (1215.6) and 47th (1224.0) in the men’s 50m rifle prone at the 2013 USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol
 
 
At West Virginia in 2011-12
• NRA All-America Second Team Smallbore
• GARC Rookie of the Year
• GARC Scholar-Athlete
• All-GARC Honorable Mention Smallbore and Combined Score
• CRCA All-Academic Team
• Opened Mountaineer career with a second-place smallbore showing (582) against Air Force at the NU Rifle Range
• Finished second at Nebraska with a score of 1171; also finished second in air rifle (590) and smallbore (581)
• Finished second in win over Army with a 1169 combined score; also finished second in smallbore with a personal-best score of 583
• Shot 582 smallbore and finished second against Murray State
• Finished second against Akron with a personal-best score of 1174; also shot a personal best 594 in air rifle and finished second and shot 580 smallbore and placed third
• Tied for first in win over Alaska-Fairbanks with a score of 1170; also won air rifle (590) and finished second in smallbore (580)
• Finished third in smallbore at Ohio State with a 582 score; included in his mark was a school-record 200 prone
• Shot 586 air rifle and 573 smallbore toward the team’s score at the GARC Championships
• One of five Mountaineers to compete at NCAA Championships and shot 579 air rifle and 569 smallbore
• Ranked No. 3 on team with a smallbore season average of 576.7 and No. 4 with an aggregate season average of 1160.7
• Placed 30th in the men’s 10m air rifle competition at the USA Shooting Team Air Rifle Trials with a two-day total of 1163 (583, 580)
 
At West Virginia in 2010-11
• Redshirted
• Had a fantastic showing at the 2011 USA Shooting National Championships, winning the junior men’s 50m 3 position, placing third in the junior men’s 10m air rifle and ninth in the junior men’s 50m rifle prone; also placed third and 14th in the men’s 50m 3 position and men’s 10m air rifle, respectively
• Successful outing at the 2010 USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championship, earning a Silver medal on day two in the junior men’s 10m air rifle with a final score of 687.7 (586, 101.7); relay score was good enough for 22nd place in the open competition
 
In High School
• Member of the USA Junior National team
• Represented the USA at the 2008 Shooting Hopes match in Pilzen, Czech Republic and finished eighth in junior men’s 50m 3 position and ninth in junior men’s 50m prone
• Finished second overall in smallbore at the 2009 Junior Olympics
• Finalist and high J2 in smallbore at the 2008 Junior Olympics
• Junior finalist in smallbore at the 2008 USA Nationals
• Valedictorian and Bucklew Scholar at Brooke High
• Member of the honors program and community service club
 
Personal
• Son of Mark and Mari Kyanko
• Birthday is July 22
• Has one sister
• Enrolled in the WVU Honors Program
• Majoring in computer science          
• Hopes to obtain a PhD in computer science
• President’s List
• Dean’s List
• Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll
 
 
PERSONAL BESTS
Air Rifle
594............................................................................. vs. Akron, Jan. 14, 2012
……………………………………………………………vs. Kentucky, Feb. 8, 2014
 
Smallbore
591............................................................................. at Army, Oct. 7, 2012
 
CAREER AIR RIFLE
Year                            Matches                                Avg.                                   High
2014                            13`                                           584.92                                594
2013                            13                                            582.46                                592
2012                            15                                            584.00                                594
 
CAREER SMALLBORE
Year                            Matches                                Avg.                                   High
2014                            13                                            579.76                                586
2013                            14                                            580.79                                591
2012                            15                                            576.70                                583

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