Feb. 4, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, MD. -
Senior Kelly Buck captured medalist honors in both disciplines to lead Army's rifle team to a one-sided 4674-4567 win over Navy in the annual "Star" Match held at Bancroft Hall Rifle Range on Saturday. It is the third straight year that Buck has captured smallbore honors in the series.
Army (7-3) went into the meet needing a strong road performance in its bid for its ninth straight NCAA berth, and the Black Knights swept both disciplines as they responded with a season-high 4674. Not only did it shatter Army's previous high of 4666 set during the fall, but is its highest aggregate score since posting a 4678 during the 2007-08 season. The Black Knights' winning mark of 2352 in air rifle is not only a season high, but is just five points off the school record set in November of 2007.
"I am very pleased with our performance today as it raised the team's NCAA qualifying average to 4668," said Army coach Ron Wigger, who won his sixth Navy meet over the last seven years. "Our score allowed us to move from fifth place into fourth place in the (CRCA) Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association standings."
Buck equaled her highest smallbore score in the Army-Navy series in duplicating last year's winning mark of 586, while her 592 mark in air rifle is just one point shy of the career high 593 she set last year.
Army swept the top three places in air rifle with Richard Calvin (589) taking runner-up honors and Michael Matthews (586) placing third. The Black Knights claimed four of the top five positions and seven of the top ten places. Zachary Wells' 585 (fifth highest score in the meet) rounded out the Black Knights' air rifle unit that shattered the previous high 2343 set in the fall against North Carolina State.
Buck led an Army sweep of the top five places in smallbore, beating Matthews (580) by six points to earn medalist honors for the fourth time in that discipline this season. Jacob Costa, setting a personal best, and William Mengon tied for third-place honors with 579s, with Joseph Todaro next at 577. Mengon's 582 score in air rifle is just one shy of his career high.
The Black Knights will be idle this week prior to closing out their regular-season hosting USP in the NCAA Qualifier on Feb. 18.