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NCAA Rifl e Championships


Sweet 16 for WVU while Sherry and Davis Earn Individual Titles at 2014 NCAA Rifl e Championships


In college rifl e, days don’t come much bigger than March 15, 2014. The NCAA Rifl e National


Championships came to a close that day on the Pat Spurgin Rifl e Range in Mur- ray, Ky. with No. 1-ranked West Virginia claiming a na- tion-best 16th NCAA cham- pionship. The Mountaineers (pictured right) claimed their second championship in a row with their score of 4,705, beating the previous record score of 4,700 set in 2011 by Kentucky. “I don’t think we’ve ever been this relaxed com- ing into a championships,” said West Virginia coach Jon Hammond. “I think that came from the team being confi dent in its capabilities and also from really good preparation. We were ready for this competition – we were ready to shoot well and shoot consistently any- where, at any time.” Third-ranked Alaska-Fair-


banks placed second with a total score of 4,677 and sec- ond-ranked Kentucky placed third with a score of 4,675. West Virginia also claimed the smallbore title with a score of 2,388. USA Shooting National


Junior Team members repre- sented themselves well with Tim Sherry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Garrett Spurgeon (Canton, Mo.) making both


event fi nals. Air Rifl e National Champi-


on Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky., right) can now also add “NCAA Air Rifl e National Champion” to his accom- plishments when he claimed the Air Rifl e title, shooting a 205.4 to best Maren Predi- ger of West Virginia (205.0). Davis and Prediger were joined in the Final by Dacotah Faught 595 (UT Martin), Ziva Dvorsak 594 (WVU), Sherry 593 (UAF), Ryan Anderson 592 (UAF), Elizabeth Lee 592 (Memphis) and Spurgeon 591 (WVU). Five different universities were represent- ed in the fi nals. “It has been a dream come true today,” said Da- vis. “This has been a goal of


mine and I am pleased with how I did today. During the fi nal, I want- ed to get as far ahead as possible in those fi rst two, three shot series which is hard to do in Air Rifl e, but it is what helped me push through to the end. I couldn’t be more pleased with how I ended up.” The University of Alaska-


Fairbanks’ (UAF) Sherry etched his name in the history books of all-time Nanook greats with an im- pressive performance in the Smallbore fi nals. Learn more about Sherry in our Ju- nior Shots feature on page 58.


WVU led all schools with


three individual fi nalists in smallbore including Na- tional Junior Team member Spurgeon fi nishing as the eventual runner-up. Ohio State followed with two fi nal- ists including Amanda Luoma (587) and National Junior Team member Deanna Bin- nie (584). The other fi nal- ist included Elizabeth Lee of Memphis (585). Nebraska’s Denise Martin fi nished third


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