Oct. 12, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. The Navy rifle team earned a 4,626-3,985 victory over the University of Sciences in its first head-to-head match of the 2013-14 season at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. The Mids cruised to the win over the Devils with a 2,297-point showing in smallbore and a 2,329-point effort in air rifle.
Individually, Steven Frazier (Sr., McDonough, Ga.) led the Mids with 1,169 combined points. Frazier was the high-scorer in both the smallbore and air rifle events with scores of 584 and 585, respectively. In the air rifle competition, the senior shot 96 or better in all six frames.
"We shot better today," said head coach Bill Kelley post-match. "Frazier had an excellent day, as well as Dan Jonas, who has been very steady as a plebe performer. Our smallbore scores are starting to pick up which is a great sign."
In smallbore action, Jonas (Fr., Allentown, N.J.) and Alex Berry (Jr., Greensboro, N.C.) finished second and third with scores of 575 and 572, respectively.
Sophomores Jodi Cull-Host (Los Alamos, N.M.) and Zach Gibson (Montrose, Colo.) rounded out Navy's starters in smallbore. Cull-Host compiled a score of 566, while Gibson finished with a 555 total.
In the air rifle portion of the competition, Frazier's 585 total was followed closely by Jonas' 584.
Gibson gave Navy three shooters in the 580's as the sophomore finished with a 582-point total.
Cull-Host and freshman Brandon Pippin (Nashville, Tenn.) gave Navy all five of its starting shooters strong and consistent results with totals of 578 and 577, respectively.
"With improvements in three straight competitions, I like the form that we're showing as we head into our first GARC match at Nebraska in a few weeks."
The Mids will be off from action until Saturday, Oct. 26 when they travel to Lincoln, Neb. for their inaugural Great American Rifle Conference match versus the University of Nebraska.