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NCAA Rifl e Mid-Season Update


Nanooks Hit Their Target Midway Into 2013-14 Rifl e Season


It took until the last week of


fall semester to identify the top collegiate team in the nation, but with two decisive wins to con- clude the fi rst half of NCAA Rifl e season, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is the leader in the clubhouse at the season’s halfway point. In a glimpse of what might


be forthcoming at the March NCAA Championships, Alaska battled then No. 1-ranked Ken- tucky and set a school record of 4702 (combined team score) in a recent match. USA Shooting National Junior Team member Ryan Anderson (Wasilla, Alaska) and Tim Sherry have been the stalwarts leading the charge for Nanook nation this season. The Nanook rifl e legacy is deep with a history of shooting suc- cess and an alumni base that includes three-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons and cur- rent Olympic champion Jamie Beyerle Gray.


Anderson might


be the next in line having swept both smallbore rifl e events at the 2013 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships. Anderson shares the nation’s


top smallbore rifl e score of 589 and also is one of just seven athletes to shoot a 586 or better on the season. Sherry is among that list as well having shot both a 588 and 587 on the season. The Nanook one-two punch is also among the individual lead- ers as well in air rifl e having


posted a 594 during the fi rst half of the season. Kentucky has proven itself


a worthy adversary and has the scores and athletes to prove it. USA Shooting National Team members Emily Holsopple (Wilcox, Pa.) and Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) form a strong duo as Hol- sopple is tied with Anderson as the top scorer in smallbore this season while Davis has posted fi ve scores of 594 or better in Air Rifl e, the most of any air rifl e competitor on the season. Both Nanooks and Wildcats own sev- en of the top-nine scores posted on the season. Defending National Cham-


pion West Virginia will be a force to reckon with again come March as Maren Prediger is a dominant force in the Air Rifl e event hav- ing posted two scores of 599 and the third best score of 596. Teammate Garrett Spurgeon (Can- ton, Mo.) is among the nation’s leaders as well with a posted high score of 586 in smallbore. Other noteworthy perfor-


mances thus far on the season comes from National Junior Olympic champion Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Ill.) of the U.S. Air Force Academy who has scored a 595 in air rifl e as well as National Development Team member Daniel Hermsmeier (Chesterfi eld, Mo.) of Memphis University with a 594 in the same event.


60 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2013


Top Individual Smallbore Performances (Through 11/24) Score Athlete


590 Tim Sherry 589 Ryan Anderson


School UAF UAF


Emily Holsopple Kentucky


588 Amanda Luoma Ohio State Tim Sherry


UAF


587 Emily Holsopple Kentucky Tim Sherry


586 Ryan Anderson Joseph Todaro


Megan Lee


UAF UAF


Army Garrett Spurgeon West Virginia TCU School Date


11/24 11/9


11/2 & 9 10/26 11/23 10/19 11/9 11/7


11/16


10/26 11/3 11/16


10/6


Top Individual Air Rifl e Performances (Through 11/24) Score Athlete


Kentucky


Date


599 Maren Prediger West Virginia 10/5 11/2 596 Maren Prediger West Virginia 10/26 595 Connor Davis


10/19 10/25 11/9 11/24


Meredith Carpentier Air Force Tim Sherry


UAF


594 Dan Hermsmeier Memphis Emily Holsopple Connor Davis Tim Sherry


Ryan Anderson


School UAF UAF


Kentucky Kentucky UAF UAF


10/19 11/24 10/27 10/27 11/2 11/7


11/23


Top Team Performances Combined (Air & Smallbore) Score 4702 4695 4694 4693 4692


Date


Kentucky Kentucky UAF


4690 West Virginia 4689 4688


Kentucky Kentucky


4681 West Virginia


11/23 11/24 11/2 11/9 11/9 11/3


11/24 10/19 11/2


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