Nov. 16, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy rifle team split a three-way match on Saturday at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range as the Mids compiled a season-high 4,627 total points to defeat No. 13 North Carolina State (4,596), but fall to No. 3 West Virginia (4,678). The win over the Wolfpack is the first in the Great American Rifle Conference for Navy.
"Shooting a 4,627 today was a significant improvement for us after a few tough performances recently," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "We're getting better, but not there yet. These past few weeks, we've seen first-hand what it takes to be a top program nationally. I'm pleased with the improvements we're making as we try to emulate those top-notch teams."
Sophomore Zach Gibson (Montrose, Colo.) led the Mids on Saturday with a 1,165 aggregate total. Gibson shot a team-high 581 in smallbore and a 584 in air rifle. In both disciplines, he exceeded his season averages significantly. Coming into Saturday, Gibson was averaging a 566.4 smallbore score and a 579.5 score in air rifle.
Navy combined to shoot a 2,295 in smallbore as four Mids accumulated 569 points or more. After Gibson's career-best 581, Steven Frazier (Sr., McDonough, Ga.) shot a 576. Alex Berry (Jr., Greensboro, N.C.) and Dan Jonas (Fr., Allentown, N.J.) each recorded 569 points for Navy. Jodi Cull-Host (So., Los Alamos, N.M.) rounded out the scoring Mids as she finished with a 564 total.
In air rifle action, Navy's starting five shot a combined 2,332 on the strength of Jonas' team-high 585. Berry (582) and Cull-Host (581) followed Gibson's 584 to give the Mids four shooters with scores in the 580s. The final scoring Mid was Frazier who compiled a 573-point total. Berry's total was a career-best as her previous high was 578.
In non-scoring air rifle action, Brandon Pippin (Fr., Nashville, Tenn.) and Brandon Thompson (Jr., Shelbyville, Ky.) recorded scores of 579 and 578, respectively. Thompson's total was a career-high.
The Mids will step aside from action for two months before taking on The University of Sciences in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 17.