Navy to Compete at GARC Championship this Weekend
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 10 Navy rifle program will wrap up its 2017-18 team season with two days of action at the 2018 Great American Rifle Conference Championship. Beginning on Saturday morning and concluding Sunday, the Mids will shoot at West Virginia University versus a deep and talented field of national competitors. Including the 10th ranked Mids, nine of the NCAA’s top-16 teams will toe the line at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Shell Building. The first relay of smallbore action on Saturday starts at 7 a.m., while the air rifle portion of the championship kicks off on Sunday at 8 a.m.
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Scouting the Field
The hosts and five-time defending National Champion Mountaineers highlight the nine-team field at this weekend’s GARC Championship. Behind No. 1 West Virginia, No. 4 Kentucky and No. 8 Nebraska are three teams that have also qualified for next month’s NCAA Championship. No. 9 Ole Miss, No. 10 Navy, No. 12 Army, No. 13 Memphis, No. 15 North Carolina State and No. 16 Akron round out the lineup in what promises to be a tight and competitive match.
In the regular season, Navy defeated Memphis, 4,634-4,595 on Sept. 24 and North Carolina State, 4,683-4,678. In addition to their effort versus the Wolfpack on Jan. 21, the Mids surpassed the 4,650-point milestone in matches versus Nebraska (4,655, Jan. 19), at West Virginia (4,656, Jan. 26), Ole Miss (4,657, Jan. 28) and Army (4,653, Feb. 3).
Should Navy have notched 4,650 points at the 2017 GARC Championship meet, they would have finished fifth overall. Navy’s 2018 season-high 4,683 would’ve placed second to champion West Virginia.
Last Time Out
Navy had an outstanding performance last Saturday in the program’s 2018 NCAA Qualifying Match versus John Jay. Coming into the contest ranked 14th in the nation, the Mids put forth a near season-best effort that put them right in the thick of the conversation for a top-eight standing and potential bid to the NCAA Championship. Navy totaled 4,673 points on its way to a 4,673-4,420 victory.
With the Mids’ 4,673 points versus the Bloodhounds their official qualifying score ended up at 9,333. Overall that ranked Navy 10th nationally, just 12.67 points behind Nebraska, who claimed the eighth and final spot.
The Mids got off to a fast start in smallbore with a four-counter score of 2,314, the team’s third-best mark of 2017-18. Kestrel Kuhne led the way with a career-best 587-point effort. Dropping only 13 total points in the competition, the sophomore shot a near perfect 198 of 200 in the prone position. After that strong first half of competition, Navy’s air rifle lineup upped its performance level even more to the tune of 2,359 points. Torrance Kang was the top scorer amongst the Mids’ air rifle shooters with a 593. The first-year collegiate shooter aced the first and fourth runs with perfect 10-for-10 shooting, while dropping just one point on the third and sixth runs.
In terms of aggregate scoring, Kuhne finished with 1,174 points, with Daniel Enger and Kang close behind with respective totals of 1,169 and 1,168.
Navy By The Numbers
|Highest Smallbore Average||K. Kuhne, 577.9|
|Smallbore Shooters w/570+ Avg.||6|
|Highest Air Rifle Average||T. Kang, 589.4|
|Air Rifle Shooters w/580+ Avg.||5|
|Highest Aggregate Average||K. Kuhne, 1165.2|
|Shooters w/1150+ Agg. Avg.||6|
|Team Smallbore Average||2304.8|
|Team Air Rifle Average||2346.3|
|Team Aggregate Average||4651.1|
|Highest Team Aggregate Score||4683,
vs. NCSU (1/21)
Following the GARC Championship, Kestrel Kuhne and Torrance Kang will compete as individuals at the NCAA Championship on the weekend of March 9-10 in Charleston, S.C. Kuhne qualified for the smallbore competition, while Kang is scheduled to shoot in the air rifle event.