No. 5 UK Rifle Selected for NCAA Championships
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The fifth-ranked Kentucky rifle team was selected as one of eight team qualifiers for the NCAA Championships on Thursday.
Hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the championships will be held March 13-14 at E.F. Horton Rifle Range and Patty Center on the Alaska Fairbanks campus in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Led by defending NCAA Individual Air Rifle Champion Connor Davis, Kentucky has ranked inside the top 8 of the rankings all season.
Kentucky has made the NCAA Championships every season since 2001. UK finished third at the NCAA Championships last year after placing second the previous two years and winning the NCAA Title in 2011.
The top eight teams in both the smallbore three-position and air rifle events were selected based on the average of the three highest regular-season aggregate scores with no more than one match at any given site. The average of the three highest scores was added to the aggregate scores from the designated qualifiers to determine the top eight teams.
A total of 48 competitors will compete in the championships, with 40 competitors coming from the top eight teams selected. The remaining eight competitors were selected based on the scores submitted from the designated qualifier.
Individual and team competitions in smallbore three-position (60 shots) will be held Friday, March 13. Individual and team competitions in air rifle (60 shots) will be held Saturday, March 14. The overall team champion will be determined by combining the smallbore and air rifle team total scores into one aggregate score for each institution.
Team Qualifiers (Smallbore Three-Position and Air Rifle)
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Jacksonville State University
University of Kentucky
Murray State University
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Texas Christian University
U.S. Air Force Academy
West Virginia University
Individual Qualifiers (Air Rifle)
Emily Capaul, University of Nevada, Reno
Matthew Chezem, University of Akron
Individual Qualifiers (Smallbore Three-Position)
Max Burkhardt, University of Memphis
Daniel Jonas, U.S. Naval Academy
Remington Lyman, The Ohio State University
Alison Weisz, University of Mississippi
Individual Qualifiers (Air Rifle and Smallbore Three-Position)
Drew Cheezum, The Ohio State University
Dacotah Faught, University of Tennessee at Martin