No. 5 UK Rifle Set for Weekend at GARC Championships

Feb. 26, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. -- The fifth-ranked Kentucky rifle team will shoot with Great American Rifle Conference Championships on the line this weekend at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Center on the Ole Miss campus.

UK will be one of nine teams competing at the three-day GARC Championships.

"This time of year is when the season really gets exciting," UK head coach Harry Mullins said. "Going to the Conference Championships is always a highlight for the team. Ole Miss is a good place to shoot, and I think the team has worked hard these past few weeks to get ready.

The Championships begin Friday with the individual smallbore at 10 a.m. ET. Ethan Marne, Billy Azzinaro, Cody Manning, Elijah Ellis and John Sutton are slated to take part.

The team competition begins on Saturday. Smallbore will start at 8 a.m. and the team smallbore finals begin at 6:30 p.m. Individual air rifle will start at 11 a.m.

On Sunday the team air rifle will commence at 9 a.m. with the team finals at 1:15 p.m.

"Unlike the regular season, our counting team will be split up throughout the course of the day with shooters on each relay," Mullins said. "This makes the tournament really exciting because you can see the team scores start to develop rather than it happening all at once. It also puts a lot of pressure on the shooters that compete later in the day in that they know whether their team is ahead or behind.

"I think the student-athletes really like this part of it. We run it this way because NCAA is structured the same way. I am looking forward to seeing what the hard work these past weeks will bring us."

The nine teams competing in the GARC Championships are Ole Miss, Army, Kentucky, Memphis, Navy, North Carolina State, Nebraska, West Virginia and Akron.

In 2014, Kentucky finished second in the GARC Championships. West Virginia won the title, and Nebraska placed third.

All nine teams in the conference are ranked inside the top 20.

Live scoring is available at http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/w-rifle/spec-rel/garc-2015.html

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 27
Individual Smallbore 1 10 AM
Individual Smallbore 2 12:45 PM
Banquet 8 PM
Saturday, February 28
Team Smallbore 1 8 AM
Team Smallbore 2 10:45 AM
Team Smallbore 3 1:30 PM
Team Smallbore 4 4:15 PM
Individual Air Rifle 1 11 AM
Individual Air Rifle 2 1:45 PM
Team Smallbore Finals 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 1
Team Air Rifle 1 9 AM
Team Air Rifle 2 11:15 AM
Team Air Rifle Finals 1:15 PM