Rifle Takes Second at Withrow Invitational
The University of Kentucky rifle team finished in second place out of the 21 teams competing at the Withrow Invitational in Murray, Ky., over the weekend. Alaska-Fairbanks won the competition with a team total of 6273, with the Cats close behind with a 6215.
The Cats were led by freshman Bradley Wheeldon, who took third place honors overall, while finishing fifth in smallbore with a score of 1176 and tied for third in air rifle with a 393. AF's Matt Emmons took top honors in air rifle with a perfect 400, en route to the top overall total of 1592, just eight points shy of a perfect match. Also shooting for the Cats were James Nash, who finished ninth in smallbore and seventh in air rifle, and Crystal Hamilton, who tallied a 1540 in the event. Freshman Lindsey Meagher shot an 1160 in smallbore, while senior Taryn Lewis contributed a 391 in air rilfe to round out the squad's scoring efforts.
The Kentucky White squad, comprised of backup shooters, also shot in the event and finished in seventh place with a 5971. The squad was led by freshman Melody Cook, who notched a 1511 overall.
"I'm really impressed with the way our entire team came in and shot today," Coach Harry Mullins said. "I was really impressed, not only with the way our primary team shot but also with the finish that our younger athletes made. This was definitely a positive day for us. Our next goal is to qualify for nationals within the coming weeks."
The squad returns to action on Friday, Feb. 2, when it plays host to the Morehead State Eagles in the
Buell Armory, located on UK's campus.