Feb. 24, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. -
Junior Richard Calvin finished seventh in the individual finals of air rifle leading Army to third-place team honors in that discipline on Sunday as the Black Knights finished fourth overall at the Great America Rifle Conference Championships hosted by Ole Miss at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center.
After placing fourth in smallbore the first day, the Black Knights earned the bronze in air rifle with a 2348 the second day for a 4645 aggregate to finish just two points behind third-place Nebraska (4647). Army outshot the Cornhuskers by 13 points in air rifle, but Nebraska outpointed the Black Knights by 15 points in smallbore for the margin of difference.
No. 1 West Virginia dominated the meet, winning smallbore and air rifle for a combined mark of 4705 in finishing 15 points ahead of No. 2 Kentucky (4690), the regular season champion. It is the fourth straight year that the Mountaineers claimed the GARC title.
Rounding out the rest of the eight-team field were Ole Miss (4634), Memphis (4632), North Carolina State (4618) and Navy (4623), the newest addition to the conference.
Calvin has turned in Army's top scores in air rifle at the GARC Championships the past three years, and qualified for the individual finals (top eight) for the second time in his career. He recorded a 590 in the open relay scoring to advance to the individual finals where he fired a 100.8 for a combined mark of 690.8 to place seventh.
Joining Calvin on Army's four-man air rifle unit that combined for a 2348 were senior captain William Mengon (586), junior Michael Matthews (586) and freshman Alyssa Gestl (586).
In the combined scoring, Calvin finished 13th with an 1166 (576 SB and 590 AR) among a field of 61 shooters. Junior Joseph Todaro was next with an 1162 (580 SB and 582 AR) to place 19th.
The Black Knights are idle this week before returning to action when they head to Columbus, Ohio, as one of eight teams to compete at the NCAA Championships March 8-9. Army was fourth last year and will be looking to duplicate or better that position after earning their 10th straight bid. The Black Knights are one of four members of the GARC to receive a bid to this year's NCAA Championships where they will be joined by West Virginia, Kentucky and Nebraska.