Feb. 25, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. -
Senior Kelly Buck repeated as a Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) selection in smallbore and the combined scoring as six members of Army's rifle team earned nine certificates at Friday night's awards banquet prior to the start of the GARC Championships. It is Army's largest contingent since 2008.
Buck earned first-team All-GARC honors in smallbore (584.0 average) and the aggregate scoring (1167.333), equaling last year's finish in the former and moving up a level in the latter after being named to the second unit in 2011.
Sophomore Richard Calvin and Michael Matthews picked up a pair of certificates as second-team selections in air rifle (588.80) and smallbore (579.00), respectively, along with earning honorable mention in the combined scoring (1162.800/1157.667).
Sophomore Joseph Todaro was named to the second unit in smallbore (579.33) and junior William Mengon (575.17) earned honorable mention as Army collected four of the 16 certificates awarded in that discipline.
Junior Chris Malachosky was named a GARC Scholar Athlete for the third straight year.
No. 4 Army will be in the thick of battle for the GARC Championship starting with the smallbore competition Saturday at Ole Miss and concluding Sunday afternoon in air rifle. The Black Knights, who finished third at last year's championships and third during the regular season with a 4-2 mark, face a stern test to improve upon that mark with No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 West Virginia the top two teams in the field once again. The Wildcats won the regular-season GARC title with an unblemished 6-0 mark, while the Mountaineers (5-1) are the reigning champions.