Oct. 26, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Navy rifle team fell in its inaugural Great American Rifle Conference match at Nebraska on Saturday. The No. 7 Huskers posted a 4,631-4,590 victory over the No. 11 Mids, who were led by Jodi Cull-Host’s (So., Alamos, N.M.) competition-high 586 score in air rifle.
A series of unfortunate events led to extenuating circumstances for the Midshipmen on Saturday.
“Our flight from BWI on Friday was delayed and we didn’t arrive until nearly midnight in Lincoln,” said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. “On top of the much later than expected arrival, Steven Frazier’s gear and gun failed to make it in time for the match. “Our final result was quite amazing considering all that had happened.”
In smallbore action, junior Alex Berry (Greensboro, N.C.) led the Mids with a score of 572. Sophomore Zach Gibson (Montrose, Colo.) followed close behind with a total of 570 points.
Cull-Host and Dan Jonas (Fr., Allentown, N.J.) registered results of 569 and 564 to round out Navy’s top four scorers. Overall, they combined for 2,275 points.
Shooting in Brandon Pippin’s suit and with a borrowed gun, Frazier (McDonaugh, Ga.) shot a 534.
“It was really unfortunate what happened with Steven because we know what a skilled shooter he is and how important he is to the team’s success,” said Kelley.
Led by Cull-Host’s 586, the Midshipmen registered a team total of 2,315 in the air rifle portion of the match. Jonas challenged his teammate for top individual honors with a 584-point effort.
Gibson shot a 577, while Pippin (Fr., Nashville, Tenn.) and Berry finished with totals of 569 and 568, respectively to conclude Navy’s air rifle showing.
“It was a shame the circumstances that we found ourselves up against, but I’m happy with how people stepped up in spite of everything,” said Kelley.
The Midshipmen will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 2 when they host Army, Air Force and the Coast Guard in the annual President’s Trophy Match beginning at 8 a.m. at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.