Nov. 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy rifle team will host the annual President's Trophy Match on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. Beginning at 8 a.m., No. 15 Navy will compete in a four-team competition along side No. 4 Army, No. 6 Air Force and the Coast Guard Academy.
The Mids are coming off a third-place finish in the 2012 competition that was hosted and won by Air Force. The Falcons took first place with 5,806 points, while Army was second at 5,790 and Navy was third at 5,719. The Coast Guard rounded out the match in fourth-place with 5,316 points.
Navy last won the event in 2008 when the Mids outscored the field by 50 points with an overall score of 5,754.
Unlike regular rifle matches where five shooters are designated as starters and the top four scores count, the President's Trophy Match consists of eight starters with the top five scores counting.
Last Time Out
The Navy rifle team fell in its inaugural Great American Rifle Conference match at No. 7 Nebraska on Saturday. The seventh-ranked Huskers posted a 4,631-4,590 victory over the Mids, who were led by Jodi Cull-Host's competition-high 586 score in air rifle.
Facing off against a top-ranked team and a plethora of obstacles, including a lengthy delay in their flight and the loss of Steven Frazier's equipment, the Mids performed admirably posting a 2,275-point total in smallbore and a 2,315-point total in air rifle.
Single-Competition Stat Leaders
#15 Navy (2013 Season - 3 Competitions)
Individual Smallbore - 584, Steven Frazier vs. USP (10/12/13)
Individual Air Rifle - 586, Jodi Cull-Host (2)/Dan Jonas
Individual Overall - 1169, Steven Frazier
vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Smallbore - 2297 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Air Rifle - 2329 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Overall - 4626 vs. USP (10/12/13)
#4 Army (2013 Season - 4 Competitions) (2-2, 1-2 GARC)
Team Smallbore - 2325 vs. West Virginia (10/26/13)
Team Air Rifle - 2344 vs. West Virginia (10/26/13)
Team Overall - 4695 vs. West Virginia (10/26/13)
#6 Air Force (2013 Season - 2 Competitions) (2-0, 2-0 PRC)
Team Smallbore - 2309 vs. UTEP (10/20/13)
Team Air Rifle - 2353 vs. UTEP (10/19/13)
Team Overall - 4656 vs. UTEP (10/20/13)
Coast Guard Academy (2013 Season - 1 Competition) (0-1)
Team Smallbore - 2136 vs. Army (10/19/13)
Team Air Rifle - 2231 vs. Army (10/19/13)
Team Overall - 4367 vs. Army (10/19/13)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Kelley on this week's matchup for the President's Trophy ...
"We're very excited about the President's Trophy Match. The top three teams [Army, Air Force, Navy] have really shown to be strong over the early part of the season so the competition on Saturday should be excellent and one of the closest we've ever had. With each squad starting eight shooters, the depth of each program will be revealed. Any of the top three teams can win this match."