March 1, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. - The Navy rifle team finished the first day of action at the Great American Rifle Conference championship meet in sixth place with 2,291 points. Competing in their first GARC championship as a full-time member of the conference, the Mids shot the smallbore portion of the meet on Saturday at the host school, the University of Mississippi.
"I'm pleased with how we shot on a stage like this," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "We shot in the average range of our regular season meets so that is positive. As a team, we shot good in the kneeling and prone portions, but struggled in standing. We had opportunities to move up in the standings, but unfortunately, we failed to capitalize."
Dan Jonas (Fr., Allentown, N.J.) led the Mids on Saturday with a score of 578 on the strength of a 198-point showing in the prone portion of the smallbore shoot. He never shot lower than a 93 in any of the six frames of smallbore.
Steven Frazier (Sr., McDonough, Ga.) and Alex Berry (Jr., Greensboro, N.C.) followed Jonas in Navy's five-shooter, five-scorer lineup with scores of 572 each. Jodi Cull-Host (So., Los Alamos, N.M.) and Zach Gibson (So., Montrose, Colo.) rounded out the quintet with 569 and 568 scores, respectively.
West Virginia leads the event after Day One with a score of 2,337, while Nebraska sits in second place with 2,314 points.
The Mids will complete the GARC Championship on Sunday with the air rifle portion of the competition. The action in Oxford is slated to begin at 8 a.m., CST.
Day One Standings - Smallbore
1. West Virginia - 2,337
2. Nebraska - 2,314
3. Kentucky - 2,308
4. Army - 2,299
5. Memphis - 2,297
6. Navy - 2,291
7. North Carolina State - 2,285
8. Akron - 2,285
9. Ole Miss - 2,275