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Navy Rifle Resumes Season Thursday Against Alaska

Britney Thornton averages a 569.0 score in the air rifle discipline.

Jan. 17, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy rifle team resumes its 2011-12 season after a two-month break when it hosts Alaska on Thursday at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range, beginning at 1:00 pm. The Midshipmen will then head to Philadelphia to shoot against the University of the Sciences on Friday and Saturday to conclude its busy weekend.

"We are excited to get our season going again and am interested to see how we come back from the break," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "Alaska is consistently one of the top teams in America and we will have our work cut out for us on Thursday. Friday and Saturday's events will give us a chance to put up a good score on the road, so this is a big weekend for us coming up."

Navy enters the weekend with a 4-0 dual-meet mark, but has struggled at times in the first half of the season, finishing behind Akron in the season-opening MAC Tournament and placing second at the four-team President's Trophy, just ahead of Air Force, held on Nov. 5 at West Point. Navy's season-high cumulative score of 4618 came in its last event, a win over John Jay. The Mids own a season-high smallbore score of 2292 on Oct. 8 against the Univrersty of the Sciences. Navy's top air rifle score came in its last event, a strong 2337 score that is just seven points shy of placing in the top-five air rifle scores in school history.

Leading Navy in the smallbore discipline is Ryan Williams with a 575.0 average in six matches. Steven Frazier follows with a 573.3 average and Allison Paulson contributes a 569.3 average in six events. Carol Boyd rounds out the smallbore discipline with a 563.7 average. Kelley has been searching all season long for a fifth smallbore score, but no one has stepped up to claim that spot.



In air rifle, four shooters average over 575.0, led by Williams' 585.7. He is followed by Paulson's 579.8, Frazier's 577.7 and Boyd's 576.8. Robyn Draughon and Britney Thornton average 570.2 and 569.0, respectively, to round out Navy's air rifle attack.

Following this weekend, Navy will be off until Feb. 4, when it hosts Army at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range, beginning at 9:00 am.


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