No. 1 Mountaineers Win Weekend Opener

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • November 12, 2016 09:36 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The top-ranked West Virginia University rifle team earned a 4704-4644 win over No. 9 Mississippi earlier today, inside the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center in West Point, New York.
The Mountaineers (6-0, 4-0 GARC) pushed their Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) win streak to four with the victory over the Rebels. WVU took the win in both disciplines, outshooting Ole Miss 2333-2290 in smallbore and 2371-2354 in air rifle.
“It was a good day today,” WVU coach Jon Hammond said. “I was proud of the way this team handled its job and worked through several difficult situations. Overall, I thought we made the best of the match, and I’m pleased with the way everyone focused on his or her jobs. We continue to make progress on the team, and ultimately that’s what we want to see.”
Senior Jean-Pierre Lucas led the way today, as he shot a winning mark in both guns. The Speers, Pennsylvania, native won smallbore with a 587 (197 kneeling, 198 prone, 192 standing) mark and also shot a season high, winning 595 (100-100-98-99-98-100) air rifle total.
“JP is our team captain, and he did a great job leading this team today,” Hammond said. “There was a lot that happened throughout the match, but JP maintained his focus and had a really good performance. He leads by example, and I thought he led the team today by his focus and professionalism.”
Freshmen Morgan Phillips and Milica Babic finished behind Lucas in smallbore with 585 and 582 marks, respectively; the total is a season high for Babic. Sophomore Will Anti shot 579 and placed fourth. Junior Elizabeth Gratz finished with a 574 mark, while freshman Jack Anderson totaled a career-high 570.
In air rifle, Babic shot 594 and placed second. Gratz shot 592 and finished fourth, while Phillips finished fifth with a 590. Anti added a mark of 583, and Anderson shot 577.
Of note, Gratz’s air rifle score was impacted by an equipment malfunction.
“Unfortunately, Elizabeth suffered through an equipment failure that was out of her control today,” Hammond added. “I know she was disappointed, but I thought she handled the entire situation very professionally, and she showed a lot of character with the way she responded.”
Five Mountaineers shot toward the team totals: Anti, Babic, Gratz, Lucas and Phillips.
The Mountaineers stay in West Point and close the fall portion of their 2016-17 slate against No. 13 Army West Point tomorrow. First shot is set for 8 a.m.


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