March 14, 2014

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NCAA Rifle Championships Central

MARTIN, Tenn. – Senior Jessica Cobb and freshman Dacotah Faught will each represent the University of Tennessee at Martin during the air rifle portion of the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships on Saturday, March 15 at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The smallbore relays began this morning but Cobb and Faught will be in action tomorrow morning. The first air rifle relay is set to begin at 8 a.m., followed by another relay at 10:30 a.m. and the finals at 1 p.m.

Cobb and Faught were selected by the NCAA to participate in the event as two of the eight at-large shooters from across the nation. They join Ohio State’s Dreanna Binnie and Amanda Luoma, Morehead State’s Ethan Cole, Air Force’s Meredith Carpentier, Ole Miss’ Alison Weisz and Murray State’s Kelsey Emme.

Alaska-Fairbanks, Jacksonville State, Kentucky, Memphis, Nebraska, TCU, Army and West Virginia will all vie for the team championships this weekend.

The Skyhawk duo of Cobb and Faught are the first two UT Martin shooters to earn a spot in the NCAA Rifle Championships since both Jaymi Collar and Heather Tillson participated in the 2006 championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Cobb fired a 588 air rifle score in the NCAA Qualifier at Murray State on Feb. 22, less than two weeks after she nabbed All-Ohio Valley Conference second team honors in both air rifle and smallbore. The Cedar Hill, Tenn. native was responsible for a 581 average air rifle score over 13 competitions in 2013-14 and tied a career-best air rifle performance with a 590 at the Ole Miss Open on Sept. 28.

A native of Amenia, ND, Faught took the league by storm in her debut season – capturing OVC Freshman of the Year, All-OVC smallbore first team, All-Newcomer smallbore, All-OVC air rifle second team and OVC All-Newcomer air rifle honors. She set a new UT Martin school record with a 597-point air rifle performance in the NCAA Qualifier on Feb. 22, capping off a remarkable season where she averaged 585.2 points per competition.

For more information on the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships – including links to live scoring and live video – click on the official championship page at the top of the webpage.

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