Kestrel Kuhne Earns All-GARC Smallbore & Combined Honors
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As part of this weekend’s Great American Rifle Conference Championship competition, the association named its annual all-league teams for smallbore, air rifle and combined action. Kestrel Kuhne (Everett, Pa.) gave Navy its fourth and fifth-ever conference honors as the sophomore was named Second Team All-GARC in smallbore and honorable mention in the combined shooting category.
Based on regular season performances versus GARC competitors, Kuhne’s eight match smallbore average was 578.0 to ranked ninth overall in the conference. She picked up her level in GARC matches as she scored 580 or more points in the three-position event five times with a then-season high of 586 coming on Jan. 19 versus Nebraska. Kuhne later notched a 587 against John Jay in the Mids’ NCAA Qualifying Match on Feb. 17. She was joined on the All-GARC Smallbore Second Team by Kentucky’s Hanna Carr, North Carolina State’s Lauren Phillips, West Virginia’s Elizabeth Gratz and Nebraska’s Emily Cheramie.
In recognition of her GARC-only aggregate average of 1,165.25, Kuhne was named to the honorable mention team for ranking 14th overall. Over the course of eight GARC competitions, she had a 578.0 average in smallbore and 587.25 in air rifle. She beat the 1,170 aggregate mark in three conference contests; versus Nebraska on Jan. 19 (1,178), versus North Carolina State on Jan. 21 (1,176) and against Army on Feb. 3 (1,173). In a non-GARC match on Feb. 17 against John Jay she netted 1,174 aggregate points for the Mids. On the honorable mention combined team the Pennsylvania native was one of five athletes alongside West Virginia’s Will Anti and Sarah Osborn, North Carolina State’s Kendra Jacobs, and Nebraska’s Dacotah Faught.
Each team had five honorees named based on regular-season scoring averages in GARC-only matches.
All-time during Navy’s five years in the GARC, the Mids have seen Daniel Jonas (USNA ’17) earn two accolades: 2016 honorable mention smallbore and 2017 second team smallbore, and Jodi Cull-Host (’16) take second team honors for air rifle in 2016.
Navy team captain Thomas Sarant (Sr., Massapequa, N.Y.) was also recognized, as he was honored as the Midshipmen’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
As a program, Navy was bestowed the 2017-18 GARC Sportsmanship Award.