SKYHAWK RIFLE HANGS TOUGH WITH NO. 2 RANKED MURRAY STATE
September 26, 2016
MURRAY, Ky. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rifle team began their season this past Sunday as they took on nationally second-ranked Murray State. The Racers were able to come out on top for the second consecutive year.
The mixed team posted an aggregate score of 4,570 (2,270 in smallbore and 2,300 in air rifle), while the women’s team followed with an aggregate total of 4,499 (2,226 smallbore and 2,273 air rifle). For the mixed team, their total was better than any score posted last season.
Junior Joe Martin led the way for the mixed team in smallbore firing a career high 582. Freshman Kaitlin Korinek made her collegiate debut and finished second on the team with a 568. Logan Hunt (560), Alex Tamboli (560) and Brigitte Curcio (555) rounded out the scoring for UT Martin.
On the women’s side, Jennifer Plocinik led the Skyhawks with a 567 in smallbore. Ashley Coots (556), Brianna Sawyers (552) and Alyson Sylvester (551) all posted solid scores as well.
In air rifle, Martin paced the Skyhawks mixed team with a 581. Korinek (579) and Curcio (573) followed close behind for UT Martin. For the women’s team, Sawyers (575) led the way, while Ashley Coots finished with a personal best 574.
Head coach Bob Beard says he was happy with the first performance considering the blistering hot conditions.
“Overall I was really pleased,” Beard said. “We still have some things to work on but I think we did really well under some trying conditions.”
The UT Martin Rifle team is back in action this Saturday when they travel to Memphis to take part in the Memphis Tigers Open. The Skyhawks are scheduled to begin shooting at 2 p.m.