Collegiate Rifle: No. 1 WVU Slips By No. 2 TCU

by
posted on October 28, 2019
wvu-oct-2019tcu.jpg

For the No. 1-ranked West Virginia University (WVU) rifle team, it came down to the X-count in the highly anticipated showdown with the No. 2-ranked Texas Christian University (TCU) squad in Morgantown, WV, on Saturday, October 26. The reigning NCAA rifle champion, TCU tied WVU at 4708, but the victory went to the Mountaineers with the X-count at 311-293.

With the win, WVU improves to 7-2 all time against TCU.

Although WVU was the winner for the day, it wasn't a blowout by any means. TCU had the edge in smallbore rifle, 2334-2326. The top individual smallbore shooter was WVU senior Morgan Phillips with 589. The rest of the top five individuals were TCU shooters: Stephanie Grundsøe (585), Kristen Hemphill (585), Liz Marsh (585) and Catherine Miller (583).

In air rifle, WVU had the advantage 2382-2374. And, it was WVU senior Milica Babic at the top of the individual leaderboard with 599. TCU's Stephanie Grundsøe and Kristen Hemphill placed second and third, respectively, both recording 596 scores. Two WVU shooters, Akihito Shimizu and Sarah Osborn, with 595 scores, rounded out the top five in the individual air rifle standings.

"We had a really tough match competing against the defending National Champions," WVU Rifle Coach Jon Hammond said to WVU Sports. "After 4800 shots, we ended up tied. That's incredible. It shows they are a tough team. We are really going to have to push ourselves to get better throughout the year. It was an exciting match, and I was pleased to see everyone respond the way they did. Hopefully, we can use today's match as motivation to keep improving and keep getting better throughout the year."

Lead photo courtesy of WVU Athletic Communications.


More collegiate rifle coverage:

Latest

Bergerprs 1
Bergerprs 1

Team Berger’s Morgun King Tops Leaderboard At Inaugural PRS Nut Crusher Match

Top ranked PRS shooter Morgun King captures title at first-ever Alpha Munitions Nut Crusher competition in Utah

New: American Tactical FXH-45M Moxie Commander

American Tactical announces new FXH-45M Moxie 1911 pistol in Commander size

Federal Ammunition 100th Anniversary Celebration Sweepstakes Winner Receives Hefty Ammo Prize

Federal Ammunition 100-year celebration sweepstakes winner announced. Tom from Arkansas wins a massive 54,000-round ammo prize package.

New: Ruger Custom Shop Precision Rifle In 6.5 Creedmoor

Designed with input from Doug Koenig, the Ruger Precision Rifle from the Ruger Custom Shop chambered in 6.5 mm Creedmoor is a solid option for finding success in long-range competition

New: MTM Case-Gard Double Scoped Rifle Case

This double rifle case can handle guns up to 50½ inches long

New: Steiner T6Xi Tactical Riflescopes

Steiner says its new T6Xi riflescope lineup “combines advanced German engineering with made-in-America precision.”

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Sports USA delivered to your inbox.