Feb. 18, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Sophomores Joseph Todaro and Richard Calvin earned medalists honors in smallbore and air rifle, respectively, leading Army's rifle team to a triangular sweep of USP and SUNY-Maritime in its NCAA Qualifier Saturday afternoon at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.
The No. 4 Black Knights helped their cause in their bid to clinch their ninth straight bid to the NCAA Championship behind a 4666 aggregate, tying their second highest score of the season en route to outpointing USP (4259) and SUNY-Maritime (2114 competing in just the air rifle portion of the match).
Todaro earned medalist honors in smallbore for the first time this season after besting the field with a 582 in leading a sweep of the top 12 spots. Senior Kelly Buck, competing in her final match at Tronsrue along with classmates Chris Arnett and Tommy Carr, was just a point behind Todaro with a 581.
Sophomore Michael Matthews was third with a 579 and Calvin added a 575 in rounding out Army's four-man unit that combined for a 2317 to outdistance USP's 2103.
Calvin's 591 edged classmate Zachary Wells for first-place honors in air rifle as the Black Knights swept the top 10 places en route to posting their second highest score of the season firing a 2349. It is the fourth time this season that Calvin has scored in the 590 range, while Wells' 590 competing individually tied the career mark he set against North Carolina State during the fall.
Buck, placing third in air rifle with a 589, joined Calvin, William Mengon and Todaro in rounding out Army's four-man scoring unit. Mengon recorded a career-high 585 followed by Todaro's 584 as Army's 2349 is just three points shy of last week's season-high 2352 recorded in a win over Navy.
"I am very pleased with our score today in air rifle, which has been our Achilles heel all season," said Army head coach Ron Wigger. "We are starting to realize our potential and raise our overall performance. We still have to make more progress to be at the level of TCU, Kentucky and West Virginia, but we are on the cusp of getting there. We need more scores in the 590s.
"Overall, we have made tremendous progress from the first semester in air rifle until now."
The Black Knights head to the GARC Championships being hosted by Ole Miss next week. Army (4-2) will be looking to improve upon last year's third-place finish, but will be tasked as their two losses were to No. 2 Kentucky (defending NCAA champion) and No. 3 West Virginia (defending GARC champion).