RIFLE TEAM WRAPS UP WHIRLWIND WEEKEND IN ANTICIPATION OF OVC CHAMPIONSHIPS
January 29, 2014
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UT Martin Invitational Full Results
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rifle teams hosted its own tournament and also made the short trip to Murray State to compete this past weekend, which served as the final tune-ups before the Ohio Valley Conference championships.
The Skyhawks performed well in its own UT Martin Invitational, as the No. 14 nationally ranked mixed team produced an aggregate score of 4,586 (2,260 smallbore, 2,326 air rifle) and the No. 21 nationally ranked women’s team compiled 4,469 points (2,196 smallbore, 2,273 air rifle).
Later in the week in the Withrow Open at Murray State, the Skyhawks competed in a stacked field which featured six of the top 12 teams in the nation, including No. 1 Kentucky, No. 3 West Virginia and No. 4 Jacksonville State. Competing alongside some of the nation’s best, the UT Martin mixed team made some noise of its own – shattering a school record with 2,338 air rifle points. That score – combined with 2,259 smallbore points – resulted in a total score of 4,618, which is two points shy of the school record. The Skyhawk women’s squad turned in an aggregate score of 4,488 (2,229 smallbore, 2,259 air rifle) in the Withrow Open.
“The student-athletes in our program performed exceptionally well in these two tournaments, setting a team air rifle record and setting or equaling 11 individual career bests,” UT Martin head coach Bob Beard said. “I am extremely proud of their effort. Their hard work paid off with a win in our own tournament and a score in the Withrow at Murray that will help solidify our top 20 ranking. We placed seventh at Murray but every team that beat us is ranked in the top 12 in the country.”
In the UT Martin Invitational, Dacotah Faught topped the field with a score of 571. Jessica Cobb came in second place with a score of 567 while Steve Hahn (565) and Joe Barefoot (563) followed closely behind in third and fourth place, respectively.
Jordan Goodwin and Dana Maurizio each compiled 557 points while Nikki Kroll (555), Sean O’Brien (554) and Breanna Flint (552) also came away with top 10 finishes.
Logan Hunt (550), Kelly James (548), Jordan Jensen (career-high 546), Jacob Stolley (career-high 540), Jamie Arnett (539), Alex Haid (522) and Katrina Klaes (506) also shot well for UT Martin.
In air rifle, the Skyhawks accounted for each of the top nine spots. Cobb brought home first place honors with a score of 588 while Faught compiled 585 points. Maurizio tallied a score of 582, followed by Arnett and Barefoot – who each scored 572 points.
Kroll (571), Goodwin (570), Hahn (570) and Hunt (569) all finished within two points of each other while James and Flint tallied scores of 567 and 564, respectively. O’Brien shot a 561, followed by Haid (557), Jensen (544), Stolley (542) and Klaes (532).
At the Withrow Open, it was Faught’s career-high score of 580 in smallbore that led the way for UT Martin. Barefoot fired a career-best 574 while Cobb accounted for 570 points. Maurizio (569) and Flint (career-high 568) followed while O’Brien was responsible for a score of 564.
Hahn’s 561 was the next highest score in smallbore, followed by James (559) and Hunt (553). Kroll and Haid each compiled 552 points, which was a personal-best for Haid. Rounding out UT Martin’s participation was Goodwin (550), Arnett (538), Jensen (529), Stolley (525) and Klaes (521).
In air rifle, the Skyhawks were led by Faught’s impressive score of 591. Maurizio (585), Cobb (582) and Kroll (580) also produced solid scores for the mixed team while Goodwin (578), Hunt (577) and O’Brien (577) all set new career-highs.
Barefoot compiled 576 points while Hahn and Flint each accumulated 566 points. James (558), Haid (557) and Arnett (553) concluded the scoring on the women’s team while Jensen’s 552, Klaes’ career-high effort of 548 and Stolley’s 540 rounded out UT Martin’s participation.
The Skyhawks will return to Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray for the upcoming OVC championships on Feb. 8-9. That will be followed by the NRA Sectional/NCAA Qualifier on Feb. 22, also held on the campus of Murray State University.