Nov. 14, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army rifle team heads to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range Saturday morning at 8 a.m. in its final match of the fall campaign. The Black Knights (2-2), ranked fifth in the latest Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) poll, have been idle since capturing the President's Trophy Match the first weekend in November.
Army's two losses were to defending NCAA champion West Virginia (4695-4669) and ninth-ranked Memphis (4629-4626). Since the three-point edging to the Tigers in early October, Army posted one of the top marks in the country with a season-high 4669 against the third-ranked Mountaineers followed by a 4654 in its last outing.
The Black Knights fired a season best 2349 in air rifle, while posting their second highest score in smallbore (2305) and aggregate (4654) at the President's Trophy Match to reclaim the title from Air Force. Army swept team honors in both disciplines, edging Air Force by two points in smallbore (2305) and three in air rifle (2346), en route to its five-point edging of the Falcons (4649).
Senior Michael Matthews was medalist in smallbore and runner-up in air rifle at the President's Match. A two-time All-American in smallbore, Matthews tied his season high beating the field with a 584 followed by a season-best 589 in air rifle, improving upon his previous high in that discipline by two points, for a combined score of 1173.
Senior Richard Calvin, an All-American in air rifle, tied for third-place honors in his signature event with a 588 to share that spot with two others, to include freshman Allen Solida, who set a personal best after shattering his previous high by 16 points.
The Black Knights face a stern test when they take on Ohio State, listed ninth with an average score of 4642.0 to Army's 4654.33 mark. The Buckeyes, ranked 14th in the latest CRCA poll, threw a scare at West Virginia earlier in the year before suffering a 4657-4648 loss. Like Army, the Buckeyes outshot the Mountaineers in smallbore, but the difference in the meet was air rifle.
Army's highest team score of the season is a 4669 along with a 2349 in air rifle and 2325 mark in smallbore. The Black Knights started off the season lacking depth in smallbore, but that discipline has been steadily improving behind performances of the veterans along with the addition of the newcomers. Army's top score in that event is 20 points higher than Ohio State's 2305.
The Black Knights and Buckeyes have shined in air rifle and the meet could be close in that event as Army's season high 2349 is four points better than Ohio's State's 2345. Buckeye Lyman Remington will battle Army for medalist honors in that discipline after firing marks of 595 (personal best) and 592 this season, while the Black Knights' individual high is a 589.
Following Saturday's match, the Black Knights will break for the exams and the holidays, returning to action with a home meet at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center on Friday, Jan. 17, against Murray State at 3 p.m.