Rifle Team Heads To First Meet In 2013

Miichael Matthews

Miichael Matthews

Jan. 9, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's rifle team, idle the past two months, heads to Charleston, S.C., for a triangular with North Carolina State and The Citadel hosted by the Bulldogs at The Marksmanship Center.

The Black Knights (2-2, 1-2 GARC) finished runner-up at the President's Trophy Match hosted by Air Force in their last competition in late October. The Falcons swept both disciples to capture the team title, 5806-5790, and snap Army's three-year reign, while the NCAA four-man format was a one-point Air Force decision. Both teams posted identical 2296s in smallbore and set season highs in air rifle with the Falcons' 2343 nipping Army's 2342 by a point in that discipline for a 4639-4638 composite edging.

The Black Knights are 1-2 in the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) after bowing to rivals No. 1 West Virginia and No. 3 Kentucky during the fall slate.

Currently ranked sixth in the latest NCAA rankings, the Black Knights are looking for a strong showing this weekend as they take on No. 14 NC State in a GARC match along with their non-conference meet with The Citadel.

Army's last meeting with the Bulldogs was two years ago when they swept a triangular with North Carolina State (4625-4488) and The Citadel (4625-4418). Team captain William Mengon led the way earning medalist honors in smallbore (582) as a sophomore that year.

The Black Knights' top team score of the season is a 4658 recorded in a GARC win over Memphis, with smallbore's high of 2319 recorded against Murray State along with a 2342 in air rifle posted against Air Force. Individually, Richard Calvin and Michael Matthews posted the top scores of 593 and 592, respectively, in air rifle with Matthews the leader in smallbore with a 588.

Army returns home to host non-conference foe No. 15 Ohio State on Jan. 19, competes at the NRA Sectionals hosted by USP in Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 25 prior to closing out the month hosting a pair of matches against Jacksonville State and Ole Miss on the 27th.

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