No. 4 UK Rifle Travels to Alaska for Two Top-15 Matchups
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The fourth-ranked Kentucky rifle team will round out the fall portion of this season’s schedule this weekend in Fairbanks, Alaska, with challenging matches and a chance to move up in the rankings on the line.
The Wildcats will face No. 12 NC State for their last conference matchup of 2016 on Friday at 1 p.m. ET, before facing another top-10 opponent in host-school and tenth-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. Both matches will be held at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range. Live targets can be found here.
“We are always excited to come (to Alaska) and compete,” head coach Harry Mullins said. “The Horton Rifle Range is a nice facility and the atmosphere is always good for competition. I am looking forward to seeing how our group responds to travel along with the cool and competitive atmosphere.”
Kentucky’s most recent trip to The Last Frontier in the 2014-15 season ended with a loss on the first day to Alaska-Fairbanks, who was then ranked seventh, but the Wildcats bounced back for a top-five victory against Nebraska on the final day of the fall schedule.
Kentucky enters the weekend 9-1 this season, and is riding four-match win streak against ranked teams. Kentucky defeated eighth-ranked Nebraska in its last outing two weeks ago, 4683-4675, for its first top-10 win of the season. Heather Kirby set a new personal record in air rifle and matched the team-high score for the season in the match.
NC State enters Friday’s competition 6-2 overall and 3-1 in conference action. The Wolfpack won a close battle with Memphis, 4642-4632, while Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky almost had a perfect score in air rifle after registering a 599 and breaking the program record.
In its last outing, Alaska-Fairbanks took to the road to defeat the Nevada Wolfpack, 4666-4654. The Nanooks are 3-3 overall this season.
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