MARTIN, Tenn. – The No. 12 ranked University of Tennessee at Martin mixed rifle team continued its blazing start to the 2013-14 season last weekend, winning a pair of matches and only falling to the No. 1 ranked team in the nation by a mere 25 points.
The Skyhawks’ fall break trip began with a visit to No. 1 Jacksonville State on Oct. 12, where UT Martin’s mixed team set three new school records. The Skyhawk mixed squad compiled new benchmarks in aggregate score (4,620), smallbore (2,283) and air rifle (2,337) while the women’s team also had an impressive performance of 4,486 (2,206 smallbore, 2,280 air rifle).
“We had an outstanding team performance at Jacksonville State,” UT Martin head coach Bob Beard said. “We broke every school team record without a single person on that team scoring a personal high. That is an exceptional team accomplishment. It’s the first time we have ever had all four counters in the 570’s smallbore.”
In smallbore, Dacotah Faught led the mixed team with a score of 573, while Joe Barefoot, Steve Hahn and Dana Maurizio each recorded 570 points. Sean O’Brien’s 568 rounded out the scoring for UT Martin, while Jessica Cobb (562) and Logan Hunt (career-high 557) competed as individuals.
On the women’s side, Kelly James’ score of 565 ranked as a team-high in smallbore. Breanna Flint fired a 562, while Jordan Goodwin (551), Alexandra Haid (528) and Katrina Klaes (482) completed the team scoring.
Faught and Maurizio each shared the mixed team lead in air rifle with a score of 589. Cobb wasn’t too far behind with a 585, followed by Hunt (career-high 574) and Hahn (564). Competing as individuals were O’Brien and Barefoot, who were responsible for scores of 572 and 556, respectively.
Flint’s 575 guided the women’s team in air rifle, while Jamie Arnett accounted for 571 points. James shot a 570 while Haid added a career-high 564. Goodwin’s 559 rounded out the scoring while Klaes tallied a career-high 542 points as an individual.
The Skyhawks then traveled to No. 18 Columbus State for a matchup that also involved North Georgia College and State University on Oct. 13. The UT Martin mixed team piled up 4,569 points (2,251 smallbore, 2,318 air rifle), while the women’s team registered 4,513 points (2,218 smallbore, 2,295 air rifle).
“Breanna shot especially well in air rifle and Kelly just had an exceptional performance all around, missing a personal high by one point in smallbore and shattering her previous air rifle high of 578 with a 583,” Beard said. “Alex and Katrina both showed a lot of improvement.”
Pacing the mixed team in smallbore was Faught with a 572, while Hahn and O’Brien both scored 561 points. Maurizio (557) and Barefoot (555) also shot as part of the team while Cobb and Hunt each accumulated 556 points as individuals.
James’ 574 points in smallbore led the way for the women’s team, while Flint piled up a score of 554. Both Haid (career-best) and Goodwin scored a 545 while Klaes tallied a 497.
A 589 by Faught ranked as a mixed team-high in air rifle. Maurizio (584) also accounted for a great score, followed by a career-high score by Hunt (575). Cobb came away with 570 points while Hahn’s 566 points completed the team scoring. O’Brien (569) and Barefoot (556) shot as individuals for the mixed team.
Career-highs by James (583) and Flint (580) buoyed the women’s team score in air rifle. Goodwin shot a 567 while Arnett and Haid tallied scores of 565 and 553, respectively. Klaes accounted for a career-best score of 544 as an individual.
The match at North Georgia on Oct. 14 was an air rifle-only event. The mixed team tallied 2,328 points while the women’s team wasn’t too far behind with a score of 2,292.
“North Georgia capped off a very good trip,” Beard said. “I’m very proud of this exceptional group of young men and women.”
Cobb and Faught each fired a 585 to lead the mixed squad. Maurizio shot a 583 while Hunt tied a career-best with a 575 score. O’Brien accounted for a 570 to complete the team scoring while Hahn (567), Barefoot (556) and Klaes (536) competed as individuals.
Arnett’s career-high score of 581 ranked first on the women’s side, while James tallied a 576. Goodwin shot a career-best 574, followed by Flint’s 561 and Haid’s 549.
UT Martin returns to the range on Saturday, Oct. 19 when it hosts Ohio Valley Conference rival Morehead State.