The Murray State rifle finished second out of seven teams in their annual Withrow invitational this past weekend by combining a 2331 smallbore with a 2356 air rifle for a 4687 aggregate. Defending national champion Kentucky won the event by shooting a 4701.
“We shot our average on a weekend that some of our people struggled a little, so I think that was good,” said head coach Alan Lollar after the weekend. “Everyone worked hard and continued to move forward and I thought Alathea had a nice match. However, we need to be more consistent and make our adjustments in a timely manner. OVC is this weekend and I know JSU is ready to host a great championship. This is a good conference and while we respect all the teams, we fear no one. We will prepare to our standard just like we do every day, it’s just about controlling what we can control. This is the next step to get where we are going.”
MacKenzie Martin fired a match-high 586 smallbore and a 588 air rifle to lead Murray State with an 1174 aggregate. Barbara Schläpfer and Alathea Sellars followed Martin at 1172, with Sellars posting a team-high air rifle score of 593. Shelby Huber added an 1167 to the effort, while Anna Scheer followed at 1162.
This weekend, the Racers will travel to Jacksonville State in search of their fourth consecutive OVC Championship. The smallbore portion of the championship will take place Saturday, followed by air rifle and the conclusion of the event Sunday,