UK Rifle Hosts NCAA Qualifiers
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ranked third nationally, the Kentucky rifle team is set to host Morehead State on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Buell Armory as part of the nationwide NCAA Qualifiers in preparation for the NCAA Championships next month.
The Wildcats have an overall record of 11-2, while 5-2 in the Great American Rifle Conference. Six of the top-10 teams in the country and five others in the top-25 have fallen to Kentucky this season.
Live stats can be found at UKrifle.com. Fans attending the match will receive free breakfast during smallbore.
“This is a big match,” head coach Harry Mullins said. “It’s 50 percent of our season. We’ve struggled at times this year and had some great times this year. Hopefully we’ll be prepared for the match to move on to the tournament. It’s always fun going to the postseason. Everything from here on out is the postseason.”
Freshman Hanna Carr owns the highest aggregate score in the country after an 1186 at Nebraska in November. Carr also holds six of the top-10 best team aggregate scores this season.
In air rifle, Sonya May has three of the top-five team scores with the highest being 595. Connor Davis shot an 1180 aggregate in Akron for the second best score on the team.
“I think it’s definitely an uphill climb for our athletes to strive to where they want to be,” Mullins said. “We’re excited. The team is ready and training has been going well. Hopefully we’ll be able to put the numbers up that reflect the performances that we’ve had in training.”
The Great American Rifle Conference Championships follow this week’s qualifiers and will be held in Oxford, Miss., on Feb. 27-28.