Feb. 23, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. -
Army's rifle team, hoping to rank among the leaders at the Great America Rifle Conference Championships, is in fourth place following smallbore competition the opening day.
The Black Knights, finishing third in the conference standings during the regular-season, will look to rebound in the air rifle portion of the meet on Sunday at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center on the campus of Ole Miss.
Army compiled a four-game score of 2297 in smallbore to trail leader West Virginia (2335), ranked No. 1 in the country, by 38 points. No. 2 Kentucky, the GARC regular-season champion, took second with a 2329 followed by Nebraska (2312) and the Black Knights in rounding out the top half of the eight-team field.
Memphis is fifth and four points behind Army with a 2293 followed by North Carolina State (2290) and Ole Miss (2286) with Navy, the newest addition to the conference, rounding out the field (2275).
Junior Joseph Todaro recorded sixth-ranked Army's highest showing in this event with a 580 to list 12th among a field of 61 shooters. Junior Richard Calvin posted the next highest score (576) to rank 21st with team captain William Mengon (571) and junior Michael Matthews (570) rounding out the Black Knights' four-man scoring unit.
West Virginia went one-two in the scoring with Petra Zublasing earning medalist honors with a 595, outpointing teammate Thomas Kyanko, who was runner-up, by eight points. Kentucky, North Carolina State and Memphis had shooters among the top eight who qualified for the individual finals.
Fans can follow Sunday's action with live targets and updated results available on the website of host Ole Miss by clicking onto http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/w-rifle/garc-2013.html