Above: TCU's Mindy Miles beat her personal best score by two points during the team's victory over Air Force in November. The Horned Frogs final score at that match was the second-highest in NCAA history. Photo by TCU Athletics.
The first Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) poll of 2017 was released earlier this week. The rankings are the first of the year using the NCAA Team Qualifier System. In this system, an average is derived using a team’s top three scores from three different ranges.
Texas Christian University (TCU) remains at No. 1 with an average of 4724.67. TCU finished the fall season with a perfect 9-0 record. Surpassing a score of 4700 in all but one match this year, the Horned Frogs have fired eight of the top 10 marks in school history.
Defending champion West Virginia University (WVU) moved up one spot to No. 2 with an average of 4719.67. Murray State dropped to No. 3 with a 4717.0 average. Air Force, with a 4694.67 average moved up to No. 4, and Kentucky ranks No. 5 with a 4693.67 average.
Ohio State stays at No. 6 with a 4676.67 average. Alaska-Fairbanks stays at No. 7 with a 4673.33 average. Nebraska follows at No. 8 (4667.33 avg.), moving up one sport. Nevada (4665.0 avg.) and Memphis (4663.67 avg.) round out the top 10.
CRCA Top 20 Rifle Teams 1. TCU 2. WVU 3. Murray State 4. Air Force 5. Kentucky 6. Ohio State 7. Alaska 8. Nebraska 9. Nevada 10. Memphis 11. NC State 12. Army 13. Ole Miss 14. JSU 15. Akron 16. Navy 17. UTEP 18. Morehead 19. UTM 20. North Georgia