Rifle Finishes Strong at the GARC Championships
Senior Ryan Williams
Feb. 24, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. - The Navy rifle team closed out the 2012-13 season on Sunday at the Great American Rifle Conference Championships in Oxford, Miss. After firing a 2275 in smallbore on Saturday, Navy shot a season-high score of 2348 in air rifle on Sunday. The Mids, who were participating as a guest at the tournament, posted an aggregate score of 4623, matching their season high.
West Virginia topped the eight-team field and won the title with a total of 4705, followed by Kentucky at 4690 and Nebraska at 4647.
"This weekend puts a great-finishing touch on this season. I saw some performances today that I've been waiting for all year," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "Today was the best air rifle performance we've had this year in terms of shooting when it mattered. It was a great event for us and it was a privilege to shoot with the rest of the GARC teams. I was proud of the way we performed."
Jodi Cull-Host led all Navy shooters on Sunday with a career-best score of 590 in air rifle, advancing to the finals in the discipline.
"Jodi making the finals in air rifle was exceptionally good, considering the level of competition. There were some tremendous shooters in the event," said Kelley.
In his final competition, senior Ryan Williams shot a 589, good for an aggregate total of 1160 on the weekend, tying teammate Cull-Host.
"Ryan kept us in contention today," Kelley said.
Junior Steven Frazier placed 12th overall with an aggregate score of 1166. His 587 in the air rifle on Sunday was just one point shy of his career high.