Feb. 27, 2012
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WEST POINT, N.Y. -
After posting impressive performances in rifle and baseball over the weekend, Army senior sharpshooter Kelly Buck and junior hurler Chris Rowley were tabbed Army Athletic Association co-Athletes of the Week on Monday. Buck was crowned the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) smallbore champion and Rowley tossed a two-hit shutout against George Washington.
It is the second time this season and sixth overall that Buck had earned the AAA weekly award. The native of Reading, Mass., shined at the GARC Championships her final year as the two-time all-conference smallbore pick and was crowned the champion in that event leading Army to the team title on Saturday.
Just the third Black Knight crowned a smallbore champion, joining Paul Charbonneau (2003) and two-time medalist Chris Abalo (2005 and 2007), Buck carded a 585 to finish runner-up in the open relay scoring to qualify for the individual finals (top eight.) She followed with a 98.4 in the 10-shot shoot off to edge Kentucky's Henri Junghaenel for the title with her 683.4 to his 682.2 composite.
Buck posted Army's second highest score in air rifle the next day with a 587 to place 12th among the field of 50 shooters en route to finishing fifth in the combing scoring with an 1172.
A 2011 NRA All-American in smallbore, Buck will be making her fourth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships when Army heads to Ohio State for the 2012 meet being held March 9-10 at Ohio State's Converse Hall and French Field House in Columbus, Ohio.
In baseball action in Cary, N.C., over the weekend, Rowley (1-0) tossed a two-hit shutout in leading Army to a 5-0 victory over George Washington in the middle game of the teams' three-game series. The Duluth, Ga., native was dominant throughout his outing, limiting George Washington to just two singles and one walk, while striking out six.
The right-hander retired the side in order in the first inning, before running into a bit of trouble in the second. George Washington loaded the bases in that second frame, but Rowley caught Ryan Hickey looking at strike three and got Xavier Parkmond to ground out to shortstop to end the threat.
Rowley, who faced the minimum over the final five innings, retired the Colonials in order in the third, fourth and fifth frames. He set down 11 straight during the middle innings, before George Washington's Kyle Gelling singled leading off the sixth. Gelling was quickly eliminated thanks to a double play, and Rowley retired the side in order in the seventh.
Army (3-3) returns to action this weekend (March 2-4) when the Black Knights travel to Baltimore, Md., to face UMBC in a three-game series.