Buck & Wagner Share AAA Athlete Of The Week Honors

Kelly Buck

Kelly Buck

Feb. 6, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. – After authoring impressive individual performances against Navy on Saturday, Army senior rifle shooter Kelly Buck and Black Knight senior jumper Tom Wagner were tabbed Army Athletic Association co-Athletes of the Week on Monday.

It is the first time this season that a sharpshooter picked up the AAA weekly award, and is the fifth occasion that Buck has been singled out for this honor.

Buck captured medalist honors in both disciplines to lead Army’s rifle team to a one-sided 4674-4567 road win over Navy in the annual Star Match. It is the third straight year the Black Knights defeated the Midshipmen with Buck leading the way capturing smallbore honors during that span.

The native of Reading, Mass., equaled her highest smallbore score of 586 in the Army-Navy meet that she set in last year’s winning effort, while her 592 mark in air rifle is just one point shy of her career-high 593.  Buck led an Army sweep of the top three places in air rifle and first five spots in smallbore en route to placing first in the latter discipline for the fourth time this season.

Army (7-3) swept both disciplines en route to posting a season-high 4674 aggregate. Not only did the Black Knights shatter their previous high of 4666 set during the fall, but is their highest score since posting a 4678 during the 2007-08 season. Army’s winning mark of 2352 in air rifle is a season best and just five points shy of the school record set in November of 2007.

The rifle team is idle this week prior to closing out their regular season hosting USP in the NCAA Qualifier on Feb. 18.

Wagner went 3-for-3 winning events at Navy in Army’s 96-83 Star Meet loss. The Clinton, N.Y., native won the long jump, triple jump and high jump, all surpassing IC4A Championship-qualifying standards. Competing in the long jump for the first time in more than a year, Wagner won the event with a career-best leap of 7.14 meters. He followed that performance by recording a triple jump of 14.30m, leaving the event as the only competitor to earn a postseason-qualifying distance. The senior rounded out the clean sweep by eclipsing the bar at 2.09m in the high jump, besting the second-place finisher by .05m.

Wagner enters the final weekend of the regular season ranked in the top three in the Patriot League in each of the three jumping disciplines in which he competes, including the top height in the high jump (2.14m). He will lead the Black Knights on Friday night when they travel to The Armory for the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games.

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