Rifle Posts Season Highs In Triangular Sweep

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Jan. 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Junior Michael Matthews captured medalist honors in both disciplines, and Army set season highs in air rifle (2351) and the team composite (4664) in sweeping a triangular hosted by The Citadel at the Cadet Marksmanship Center on Saturday. North Carolina State finished a distant second (4584) followed by the Bulldogs (4460).

Matthews fired a 584 mark in smallbore and equaled his career-high in air rifle with a 592 as Army outpointed the field in both disciplines. The Black Knights recorded a 2313 smallbore score, which is just six points off its season-best, as Matthews led a sweep of the top six places. Army claimed the top four spots in air rifle authoring a season-best 2351, which is just six points shy of the school record (2357) set in 2007.

Joseph Todaro was runner-up in smallbore (579) followed by Richard Calvin (576), team captain William Mengon (574), Jacob Costa (574) and Alyssa Gestl (573) in grabbing the top six places. Calvin and Mengon joined Matthews and Todaro in rounding out Army's four-man scoring unit.

Calvin was runner-up in air rifle (591) after finishing a point behind Matthews. Gestl (589) and Todaro (587) posted personal bests claiming third and fourth places, respectively. Mengon's 579 mark joined Matthews, Calvin and Gestl as Army compiled a team score of 2351 that shattered its former season high of 2342 as the Black Knights outpointed runner-up North Carolina State's mark of 2312 by 39 points.

Army, ranked No. 6 in the NCAA, improved to 4-2 overall and leveled its mark in the GARC (Great America Rifle Conference) to 2-2 following its win over North Caroline State.

Army returns to action hosting No. 15 Ohio State next Saturday.

NOTES: Michael Matthews turned in an 1176 composite ... the Black Knights showed no rust after being idle since late October ... following Saturday's home match against Ohio State, the Black Knights close out January at the NRA Sectionals ... Army's two losses this season were to No. 1 ranked West Virginia and No. 3 Kentucky, both members of the GARC, during the fall campaign.

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