March 14, 2014
MURRAY, Ky. - Sixth-ranked Army's rifle team closed out the first day of competition at the NCAA Rifle Championships in eighth place with 2299 points. Seniors Michael Matthews and Joseph Todaro finished 15th and 17th, respectively, among a field of 44 shooters competing at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range.
Matthews' 35 center shots tied for fourth highest among the competitors as he posted a 580 in the relay scoring, trailing West Virginia's Ziva Dvorsak's winning mark by eight points. Dvorsak had a team-best 39 center centers. Todaro also fired a 580 with 31 center shots.
Rounding out Army's scoring unit were freshman Danielle Cuomo with a 570 followed by sophomores Alyssa Gestl (569) and Olivia Nardone (556). It is the first trip to the NCAAs for Cuomo and Nardone with Gestl making her second appearance, while Matthews qualified all four years and Todaro the last three.
No. 1 ranked West Virginia is the first-day leader after outpointing No. 3 Alaska for the smallbore title by 17 points (2338-2321). The Nanooks edged No. 8 Memphis (2320) by a point for runner-up honors with No. 2 Kentucky (2316) placing fourth in rounding out the top half of the field.
The two-day championship concludes with air rifle Saturday starting 8 a.m. at the CFSB Center. West Virginia, the 2013 NCAA champion, will be looking to defend its air rifle title in its bid to claim its second straight NCAA Championship and third in six years.