MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s smallbore record fell this weekend as the Skyhawk rifle teams completed an eventful weekend against Nebraska, Rose-Hulman and Ohio State.
The nationally-ranked UT Martin mixed rifle squad began the weekend with a matchup at Rose-Hulman on Nov. 2, where the program’s smallbore record was shattered. The Skyhawks compiled 2,289 smallbore points to go along with a score of 2,317 in air rifle for an aggregate total of 4,606. The Skyhawk women’s team tallied 4,467 points (2,184 smallbore, 2,283 air rifle), defeating Rose-Hulman (4,421).
Steve Hahn’s 578 score led the mixed team in the historic smallbore performance, followed by a 572 by Dacotah Faught. Dana Maurizio accounted for a 570 score while Jessica Cobb tied a career-high with 569 points. Joe Barefoot’s 556 rounded out the team scoring while Logan Hunt (561) competed as an individual.
In air rifle, Faught and Maurizio led the charge with scores of 583 apiece. Cobb wasn’t too far behind with a score of 581, followed by Hunt’s 570 and Hahn’s 559. Barefoot piled up 555 points as an individual for the mixed squad.
On the women’s side, Jamie Arnett fired a team-high 552 in smallbore. Breanna Flint was next in line with a score of 549, while Kelly James (547), Jordan Goodwin (536) and Katrina Klaes (498) comprised the aggregate score.
Arnett once again paced the women’s team in air rifle, accounting for 577 points. Goodwin shot a 571 while Flint (568) and James (567) weren’t too far behind. Klaes’ score of 535 completed the scoring.
On that same day, four new members of the Skyhawk mixed team and one member of the UT Martin women’s squad battled Nebraska in a contest held at Murray State. The mixed team accumulated 4,426 points (2,190 smallbore, 2,236 air rifle).
Nikki Kroll’s 561 smallbore score led the way for the mixed team, followed by Jordan Jensen’s score of 546. Sean O’Brien (540) and Jacob Stolley (526) helped compose the team score.
In air rifle, Kroll was responsible for a team-high performance of 574 points. O’Brien followed with a 559 score while Jensen (553) and Stolley (536) also represented the Skyhawk mixed squad.
Alex Haid was the lone representative on the UT Martin women’s team. She fired a 543 in smallbore and a 550 in air rifle.
On Sunday, the mixed team who competed at Rose-Hulman was back in action against Ohio State. They fired a 4,581 (2,254 smallbore, 2,327 air rifle) while the Skyhawk women’s team compiled 4,456 points (2,172 smallbore, 2,284 air rifle).
Faught’s 573 led all UT Martin shooters in smallbore, while Maurizio compiled a score of 565. Cobb accounted for 561 points while Barefoot (555) and Hahn (546) completed the mixed team scoring. Hunt fired a 553 as an individual.
Maurizio (588), Cobb (584) and Faught (582) all posted remarkable scores for the mixed team in air rifle. Hunt’s 573 and Hahn’s 564 helped the Skyhawk mixed squad to a solid finish. Barefoot accounted for 556 points as an individual.
In women’s smallbore, Flint emerged with a team-leading 560 points. Goodwin was next with 555 points, followed by James’ score of 544 and Klaes’ 513 points.
James amassed 576 points to lead the women’s squad in air rifle, while Flint (571), Goodwin (570) and Arnett (567) all finished within four points of each other.
The Skyhawk rifle teams will now take a well-deserved break and will resume action on Jan. 21-26 in the UT Martin Invitational.