Earlier in March, WVU's Varsity Rifle team won the NCAA Rifle Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska. The WVU Rifle Program is the winningest one in collegiate shooting history, with 17 total NCAA championships and now their first NRA Intercollegiate Rifle championship.
Clemson University won 2nd place, with 4351 points, The previous champion, the Michigan Wolverines (2010, 2013-2014) had their hopes of a three-peat dashed by the skilled Mountaineer squad, and ended up taking home 3rd place, with a score of 4348.
Regarding the individual champion, Kyle Jillson of NRABlog mentioned that “Madeleine was so in the zone during the final match that she didn't know how well she'd done until a former teammate came up to congratulate her after the final shot.”
"[They] congratulated me and I looked up the score like 'Oh my God I actually did that!'" Godwin explained. "I hadn't taken the time to do the math in my head."
Attendance surged this year to some 80 competitors, up from 51 competitors last year. Earlier this year, American Rifleman reported on the increase in shooting sports participation on college campuses throughout the nation.
Tori Croft, NRA national manager for Collegiate Programs said “This year's championship is the largest we've ever had and we're so excited for all the shooters. Thanks to competitive shooting growing so much at the collegiate level, we added additional relays. More [collegiate] rifle clubs can participate, and Fort Benning has plenty of room to accommodate them.”
2015 NRA INTERCOLLEGIATE RIFLE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP—FINAL RESULTS
|Competitor and School||SBR||AIR||AGG|
|Winner||Madeleine Godwin—Thomas Nelson C.C.||565||588||1153|
|3rd||Cory Miller—Central New Mexico C.C.||554||581||1135|
|Georgia Yarbrough—Central Piedmont C.C.||551||578||1129|
|Wade Stroda—Kansas State||562||562||1124|
*Bold denotes high score.