Wildcats Ranked No. 4 in CRCA Preseason Coaches Poll
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky rifle team enters the 2016-17 season ranked fourth in the nation for the second consecutive year after the release of the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association preseason poll.
The Wildcats finished fifth at the NCAA Championships last season.
Kentucky returns combined Second Team All-American and GARC Air Rifle champion, Hanna Carr. In her freshman campaign, Carr was also named First Team All-America in smallbore, Second Team All-America in air rifle and a CRCA Scholastic All-American.
Over the summer, the Versailles, Kentucky, native claimed the USA Shooting Junior Olympics Championship in women’s three-position rifle and was part of Team USA, which won the women’s Gold Medal in 10-meter air rifle and 50m three-position rifle at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, Germany in April.
Billy Azzinaro also returns for the Wildcats. Azzinaro took home the bronze medal in the 50-meter three-position smallbore after just finishing one point behind the silver at the USA Shooting Junior Olympic Championships.
For the first matches - scheduled for Oct. 8 - the team will be split into two teams and compete in two different matches with one taking place in Lexington at the Buell Armory against North Georgia and the other in Oxford, Miss., for the Ole Miss Invitational.
CRCA 2016 Coaches Preseason Poll
1 West Virginia
2 Murray State
5 Ohio State
8. Air Force
9 NC State
15 Ole Miss
20 North Georgia