Jan. 17, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Navy rifle team kicked off the second half of its season in impressive fashion as the Mids recorded a season-high score of 2,314 in smallbore action on their way to a 4,626 - 3,976 victory over the University of Sciences on Friday. The No. 16 Mids were led by the duo of senior Steven Frazier (Macdonough, Ga.) and junior Alex Berry (Greensboro, N.C.), who each registered 1,158 aggregate scores.
In their first competitive match since mid-November, Navy's smallbore scorers all recorded point totals above 576. Leading the way was Frazier, who shot a 581, one point clear of Berry's 580. Rounding out the Mids' four counters were freshman Dan Jonas (Allentown, N.J.) and sophomore Zach Gibson (Montrose, Colo.), who registered scores of 577 and 576, respectively.
The team's 2,314 smallbore total surpassed their previous season-high by 17 points as the Mids shot a 2,297 on Oct. 12 against USciences at home. The last time a Navy squad had reached that mark was Feb. 26, 2011 versus Akron in the MAC Tournament when it shot a 2,316.
"This match was a tale of two halves," said head coach Bill Kelley afterwards. "I'm very pleased with our smallbore lineup. They shot an excellent score and I had really high expectations for the following air rifle portion. Unfortunately, we didn't back up our first half performance, but 4,626 is still a solid score."
In the air rifle portion of the competition, Navy totaled a 2,312 with a scoring lineup of Gibson, Berry, Frazier and sophomore Jodi Cull-Host (Los Alamos, N.M.). Gibson led the quartet of counters with a 579 final score. Cull-Host and Berry shared the runner-up honors with respective 578 performances. Frazier rounded out the group with a 577.
As a non-counter in air rifle, junior Brandon Thompson
(Shelbyville, Ky) shot a career-high 584, crushing his previous mark of 577.
Thompson was one of four Mids who set personal-highs on Friday. Three shooters in smallbore broke individual records as Berry's 580 bested her previous score of 575 and Jonas' 577 bettered his old mark of 575. As a non-counter, Cull-Host registered a 575 surpassing her previous high of 574.
"With today's results, I'm definitely looking forward to getting back in the range tomorrow and seeing if we can put together a full match with excellent results in both halves," said Kelley.
The Mids will shoot against USP again tomorrow morning with the match slated for an 8 a.m. start at the Colonel William Shea Rifle Range.