No. 13 Navy Scores 4,656 Points in Road Defeat at No. 1 West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 13 Navy rifle team went head-to-head with the reigning NCAA Champions, No. 1 West Virginia on Friday in a Great American Rifle Conference matchup. When the action at the WVU Rifle Range had concluded, the host Mountaineers (12-0, 8-0 GARC) kept their perfect season record in tact with a 4,733-4,656 victory over the Mids (3-4, 2-4 GARC).
Though taking a loss in the record column, Navy achieved an important goal of recording a substantial road score as the field for the National Championship is based on the top-eight teams and their respective top scores from one home match, two road matches and the NCAA qualifying match (to be held in Mid-February). Friday’s score is the highest for Navy at a road location this season and increased Navy’s qualifying average by 10 points from 4,650 to 4,660.
Torrance Kang (Columbia, Md.) led Navy’s effort on Friday as the freshman shot a career-best 1,175 aggregate score. She opened the match with a 584-point result in smallbore that surpassed her previous best by four points before closing out her day in air rifle with a 591.
As a team, Navy’s smallbore lineup shot a combined 2,319, the team’s second-best output of the season. Kang was the top scorer for the Mids, though Kestrel Kuhne (So., Everett, Pa.) was right behind at 582. Daniel Enger (Fr., Walla Walla, Wash.) and Josh Watson (Jr., Enterprise, Ala.) rounded out Navy’s scorers with respective totals of 578 and 575.
In the second half of the match, air rifle, Navy recorded a four-person score of 2,337. Once again, Kang was the leader of the Mids’ effort as she totaled 591 points. Thomas Sarant (Sr., Massapequa, N.Y.) posted Navy's second highest score with a 583. Kuhne and Luke Knollinger (Fr., Valley Grove, W.Va.) followed Sarant in a tight group together with scores of 582 and 581, respectively.
Navy will continue its busy weekend of GARC action at home in the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range on Sunday with a 9 a.m. matchup with No. 8 Ole Miss.