March 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
Junior Richard Calvin just missed qualifying for the individual finals in smallbore the opening day of the NCAA Rifle Championships being hosted by Ohio State at Converse Hall on Friday. The Black Knights finished sixth among the eight-team field with a 2308, which is just three points behind fifth place and nine off the leader.
West Virginia, who headed to the championships ranked No. 1 in the country, trails defending champion TCU by a point. The Horned Frogs fired a 2317 in outpointing the Mountaineers and the University of Alaska for the team title. West Virginia and the Nanooks posted identical 2316s, but the Mountaineers lost out on center shots for runner-up honors. Kentucky, ranked second nationally is a close fourth with a 2315 in rounding out the top half of the standings.
Air Force is in fifth place with a 2311, just three points ahead of the Black Knights (2308) with Nebraska seventh (2297) and Jacksonville State (2281) eighth in rounding out the first-day standings.
Calvin fired a 579 in the relay scoring, which was just one point behind Ohio State's Amanda Luoma's mark of 580 that earned her the final spot (top eight) to the individual finals. Calvin and TCU's Sarah Beard tied for ninth place, but he lost out on center shot in settling for 10th place
Classmates Michael Matthews and Joseph Todaro were close behind placing 12th (578) and 13th (577) with senior captain William Mengon rounding out Army's four-man team with a 574.
Kentucky's Henri Junghanel and West Virginia's Petra Zublasing tied for first place after firing identical 589s with Junghanel grabbing medalist honors after winning the tie breaker based on his 36 center shots.
The Black Knights will look to improve upon their first day performance when they shoot air rifle Saturday in closing out the two-day event. That discipline has been Army's strength this season, and the Black Knights' season-high 2357 tied the school mark.