Rifle Looks To Defend President's Trophy Title

Richard Calvin

Richard Calvin

Nov. 2, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's rifle team heads to Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend to compete at the annual President's Trophy Match being hosted by Air Force with Navy and Coast Guard rounding out the field at the USAFA Rifle Range. The Saturday-Sunday competition begins each day at 10 a.m. ET.

The No. 8 ranked Black Knights will be in the hunt for their fourth straight title and seventh over the last eight years. The Falcons, ranked No. 11th in the latest CRCA (Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association) poll, finished runner-up last year followed by the Midshipmen and Bears at West Point's Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

Twitter updates will be offered throughout the match via the official handle of rifle (@Army_Rifle).

Army closed out its fall dual slate 2-2 and 1-2 in the GARC (Great America Rifle Conference) with both losses to conference foes West Virginia and Kentucky. The Mountaineers are ranked No. 1 in the country and Kentucky is third. Air Force (5-3) and No. 12 Navy (1-1) also suffered defeats to West Virginia with Army posting the highest score of 4631 in that loss followed by the Falcons (4619) and Midshipmen (4613).

Army's highest score of the season is a 4658 fired against Memphis, while Air Force and Navy's top scores are 4625 and 4623, respectively.

The Black Knights are coming off a 4716-4638 loss to No. 3 Kentucky two weeks ago. Junior Richard Calvin led the way earning runner-up honors in air rifle with a season-high 593 for Army's highest showing against the Wildcats who swept both disciplines. Joseph Todaro turned in Army's top smallbore score of 581 to place fifth followed by Michael Matthews' 578 sixth-placing showing.

Army turned in a season-high 2340 in air rifle against Memphis, while its top smallbore mark of 2319 was recorded against Murray State. Calvin and Matthews registered Army's top marks in air rifle of 593 and 592, respectively, with Matthews the leader in smallbore with a 588. Matthews' score is just one point shy of his career mark recorded in a second place finish last year at the NCAA Championships.

The Black Knights will be idle for exams and the holidays before resuming competition in January when they open their winter slate in South Carolina in a triangular with The Citadel and North Carolina State (Jan. 12).

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