Oct. 12, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army's rifle team returns to the range Monday afternoon hosting Memphis in a Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) match at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center at 3 p.m. The Black Knights (0-1) are looking to rebound from a 4709-4631 loss to three-time defending GARC champion West Virginia in last weekend's season opener.
The Mountaineers, ranked No. 3 in the Collegiate Coaches Rifle Association's (CRCA) preseason poll, swept both disciplines in their opener with Army to take over the No. 1 spot following their program-best 4709 score.
Senior Chris Malachosky fired a personal-best 588 in air rifle competing individually to finish seventh overall after disrupting West Virginia's sweep of the top six places for Army's top performance in that event. He broke his former mark of 583 set last fall.
Junior Michael Matthews authored Army's highest smallbore score of 588, three points off the winning mark, in placing fourth. His score was just one shy of his career high.
The Black Knights will be looking for a strong showing against Memphis, who they defeated 4663-4605 on the road last year to stretch their GARC win streak over the Tigers to nine straight. At the 2012 GARC Championships, Army captured the smallbore title, but did not fare as well in air rifle to finish fifth in the team standings with a 4653. Memphis edged Army 2336-2335 in air rifle in placing sixth overall with a 4631.
Fans will be able to follow the match through live stats available on Army's website at www.goARMYsports.com. The link is accessible by navigating to the rifle schedule page. Twitter updates will also be provided via the official handle of Army rifle (@Army_Rifle).
The Black Knights will be on the road for the rest of their fall slate visiting Lexington, Ky., for matches against Murray State (Oct 20) and the host Wildcats (Oct. 21) followed by a trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., where Army will look to defend its President's Trophy title.