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Rifle Looking to Capture President's Trophy

Freshman Zach Gibson

Nov. 2, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy rifle team will head to Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend to compete in the annual President's Trophy match. The Midshipmen will meet service-academy rivals Army, Air Force and Cost Guard in the event that will take place on Saturday and Sunday and begin at 10 a.m. ET each day.

Navy has placed third at the event in each of the last two seasons. The Midshipmen last took home the title in 2008.

The Midshipmen are in the midst of a three-match road swing that began last weekend at No. 1 West Virginia. This weekend will get no easier as Army is currently ranked No. 8 and Air Force No. 11. The Midshipmen enter the weekend 12th in the latest Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association national poll.

"This is a very, very competitive match and it's one we're ready for," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "There aren't a lot of differences between the teams, so it will be tight.

"This might be the most important match of the fall for us. Based on what we did last week, we seem ready to go and we know what we need to do."

The Mids (1-1) fired an overall score of 4613 and tied their season-high smallbore total of 2290 in last weekend's loss at WVU.

Senior Ryan Williams has been Navy's most consistent shooter this season as he leads the team in air rifle average (586.5) and ranks second in smallbore average (572). Williams has twice fired a season-high 589 in air rifle, while his season best in smallbore is 579.

Freshman Jodi Cull-Host ranks second on the team in air rifle average at 584.5 and fourth in smallbore average at 564.

Junior Steven Frazier leads Navy in smallbore with a season average of 578.3. He shot a personal-best score of 581 in the discipline last weekend at WVU.

Navy's season-high total of 4623 came on Oct. 13 against the University of the Sciences. Air Force posted its season-high score of 4622 against Nevada on Oct. 28, while Army's best total of 4658 came in a dual win over Memphis on Oct. 15.



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