Rifle Captures President's Trophy Match

Joseph Todaro was one of two Black Knights to set a personal best.

Joseph Todaro was one of two Black Knights to set a personal best.

Nov. 5, 2011

WEST POINT, N.Y. - William Mengon earned medalist honors in smallbore, and Kelly Buck and Richard Calvin were the high shooters in air as Army's rifle team captured the President's Trophy Match for the third straight year and sixth time over the last seven years.

The Black Knights compiled a 5812 team aggregate in outpointing runner-up Air Force (5749) by 63 points. Navy finished third (5734) followed by Coast Guard. In the NCAA four-man scoring format, Army posted its second highest score of the season with a 4651 followed by the Midshipmen (4607), Falcons (4599) and Bears (4333).

Mengon set a personal best registering the highest mark of 586 in smallbore in leading a Black Knight sweep of the top five individual places. The Army junior broke his previous high of 582 set three times, the last in the Black Knights' dual-match win over Navy in 2011.

Buck was runner-up in that discipline with a 582 followed by Calvin (580), Michael Matthews (579) and Joseph Todaro (574) as the Black Knight combined for a 2901 composite. The Midshipmen trailed Army by 59 points in finishing a distant second in that discipline with a 2842 followed by Air Force (2839) and Coast Guard (2641).

In air rifle, Buck claimed medalist honors for the first time this season behind a season-high 587 in sharing that honor with Calvin as Army swept the first four spots. It is the second time this season that Calvin earned the top spot following a first-place finish in the season opener versus Memphis.

Zachary Wells and Todaro tied for Army's second highest scores with respective 586s. It was a career-high for Todaro, breaking his mark of 582 set last year at this match, and was one point shy of Wells' (shooting individually) personal best. Matthews (576) and team captain Tommy Carr (575) rounded out Army's five-man composite as the Black Knights edged Air Force by a point (2911-2910) in the team scoring.

"I was pleased that we did so well today," commented head coach Ron Wigger in Army's home debut at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center. In addition to winning, we had a couple of personal bests."

The Black Knights, opening a six-match home stretch, return to the dual meet circuit next weekend with a pair of GARC (Great America Rifle Conference) matches. Army hosts North Carolina State Friday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m., and Nebraska on Sunday (Nov. 13).

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