Morgan Phillips Wins 2018 NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championship

by
posted on March 12, 2018
mp-3.jpg (1)

During day one of the 2018 NCAA Rifle Championships, West Virginia University (WVU) rifle shooter Morgan Phillips was able to mount a successful defense of her 2017 NCAA smallbore title at the Citadel’s McAlister Field House. The sophomore from Salisbury, MD, won the smallbore rifle individual championship with a 459.4 final score.

Phillips entered the final in eighth place, shooting 584 for day one’s first relay.

“I just tried to stay as present as possible and keep focused on every individual shot,” said Phillips. “I knew I had a rough couple of kneeling series. I had to work through those and keep present for every shot after that. It means a lot [to repeat]. I’m feeling a lot of emotion right now, and I’m pretty happy with it. It was definitely a fight out there today.”

Placing fifth in the final after the prone series, Phillips jumped five spots to first after the initial five record shots in standing. Entering the knockout stage with a half-point lead over second place—Phillips never relinquished her advantage.

“Morgan shot a great final. It’s a three-position final. You have to shoot great in all three positions,” said WVU rifle coach Jon Hammond. “She was middle of the pack after kneeling and prone but was still in it. She shot some incredible standing, and slowly but surely, she made her way up there. It was a bit of fight and a struggle, but what an accomplishment to win back-to-back titles as a freshman and sophomore.”

Phillips is the fourth shooter from WVU to win back-to-back NCAA titles. Since 1961, 20 different Mountaineers have claimed 28 NCAA rifle championships.

Lead photo of Morgan Phillips at the 2017 NCAA Championship courtesy of WVU Athletic Communications

Latest

BRG9 Web 1
BRG9 Web 1

BRG9 Elite: More Features For Less Money

Buffalo Cartridge Company’s BRG9 Elite is a solid beginner pistol for action games and is also suitable for self-defense purposes

5 Problem Sporting Clays Targets And How To Break Them

In sporting clays, it can pay dividends to know multiple techniques for taking down problem bird presentations

New: Trijicon Q-LOC Quick Release Mounts

Trijicon says this family of quick release mounts for shooters and hunters are “strong enough to match the durability of our optics.”

Compensators On Rimfire Rifles Can Make Sense

There are some valid reasons for adding a comp to a .22 LR rifle

Staccato XL Competition 2011

This fast-cycling, flat-shooting competition 9 mm with extended sight radius is perfect for action pistol competition and the Tactical Games

Sporting Clays Shooter Madison Sharpe Joins Team Remington

Madison Sharpe is now a member of Team Remington’s impressive roster

Interests



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