Rifle Splits Final Match Of Fall Campaign

Chris Malachosky was one of two Black Knights to set a personal best in the meet.

Chris Malachosky was one of two Black Knights to set a personal best in the meet.

Nov. 19, 2011

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army trailed TCU by five points in smalbore, but the Horned Frogs outshot the host Black Knights 2358-2337 in air to sweep a triangular rifle match Saturday at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center. TCU fired a 4692 aggregate with Army posting a season-high 4666 followed by Murray State's season-best 4636.

The loss was just the second in seven matches as Army closed out its fall season with a 5-2 mark. TCU stretched its regular-season win streak to 26 after sweeping both disciplines.

Army sophomore Michael Matthews posted a career-high 585 in smallbore, three points off the winning mark of 588 set by TCU's Sarah Scherer. Kelly Buck was third with a 584. The Horned Frogs recorded six of the top nine scores in that disciplines, including all four counting marks, in outpointing the Black Knights 2334-2329 and the Racers 2334-2307.

Joseph Todaro posted Army's third highest smallbore score (582 for the sixth best mark) with William Mengon's 578 rounding out Army's scoring unit.

TCU dominated air rifle claiming five of the top seven spots, including the top two places. Scherer, sweeping medalist honors in both disciplines, fired a 596 in air rifle, seven points ahead of teammate Mattie Brogdon's 589.

Richard Calvin and Buck shared third-place honors after tying for Army's highest air rifle score of 588. Zachary Wells fired a 586 with Alex Rivera rounding out the Black Knights' scoring contingent with a 575. Chris Malachosky, shooting independently, recorded a career-high 583, breaking his former mark of 581 set against Murray State last year.

"It was nice to close out our fall schedule with a season-high aggregate mark," said head coach Ron Wigger. "We were only a few points behind TCU after smallbore, but they dominated the air rifle portion of the meet."

Army will break for exams and the holidays, returning to the range on January 14 when it hosts defending NCAA champion and Great America Rifle Conference rival Kentucky.

The Black Knights (5-2) equaled the fall record it set in 2009-10. Army's two losses were to West Virginia and TCU, ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively, in the latest coaches poll.

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