Hanna Carr Wins GARC Air Rifle Championship

OXFORD, Miss. – The 2016 Great American Rifle Conference Individual Air Rifle Championship came down to one 10th of a point. Kentucky freshman Hanna Carr pulled it out.

Carr shot a score of 206 in the final, to edge West Virginia’s Ginny Thrasher’s 205.9, who won smallbore on Saturday.

The air rifle final remained in doubt all the way to the end. Tied going into the last shot, Carr shot a 10.5 to Thrashers 10.4 .

Three UK shooters made the air rifle final eight. Heather Kirby and Sonya May finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Kentucky finished second overall with a 4677. UK shot 2314 in smallbore and 2363 in air rifle.

Top-ranked West Virginia won with a 4702 (2335 in smallbore, 2367 in air rifle).

“I am very proud of all of our team this weekend,” UK head coach Harry Mullins said. “They worked very hard to get here and now we just need to keep working to get to the next level. Hanna has done a great job for the team this year and I am very happy for her. She has been working hard to get to this level.

“The team responded well today in air rifle with Sonya shooting a personal best 597 to get to the final.”

Sonya May had the second best aggregate score of the GARC Championships, 1182. She shot 585 in smallbore.

“Overall I think we learned a lot this weekend and will put this to us for the future,” Mullins said. “We had people in both the smallbore and the air rifle final. That is always a good sign.”

On Saturday, Carr finished fifth and May finished seventh in the individual smallbore final.

Kentucky will complete the season at the NCAA Championships in two weeks in Akron, Ohio.

GARC Team Results

 

Team

Smallbore

Air Rifle

Aggregate

1

West Virginia

2335

2367

4702

2

Kentucky

2314

2363

4677

3

NC State

2291

2360

4651

4

Army

2310

2338

4648

5

Ole Miss

2297

2342

4639

6

Nebraska

2300

2338

4638

7

Akron

2301

2323

4624

8

Memphis

2294

2325

4619

9

Navy

2283

2323

4606