The Murray State rifle team fired season highs in all three categories Sunday, as the third-ranked Racers defeated No. 10 Army West Point, 4710-4650, at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray, Kentucky.

“We had a very good team effort today and across the board we were better, everyone did some good things,” said head coach Alan Lollar after the match.

“Barbara had another nice day for us and is becoming very consistent, while Ivan and Kenzie were both solid and Ben and Alathea made some good contributions,” continued Lollar. “Bobby struggled a little today, but I was proud of the way he turned the page and followed struggles with solid strings, it really shows a lot of maturity.”

“Shelby had a good day and is working hard and it is starting to show. He may be getting ready for some good performances. Dana had another very good day and as she becomes more consistent it gives her a chance to make solid improvement. Meike is also starting to show more consistency and Eric had some good strings and is starting to put longer strings of good shots together. He continues to work hard and it is starting to show.”

Barbara Schläpfer fired a team season-high aggregate of 1181, after shooting a 586 in smallbore and tying her career-best air rifle score of 595. MacKenzie Martin used a 588 smallbore and a 591 air rifle to follow Schläpfer at 1179, while Ivan Roe tied Schläpfer in air rifle with a 595 to go along with his 583 smallbore for a total of 1178.

Both Robert Broadstreet and Ben Estes shot a 578 smallbore to finish with an 1172 and 1171, respectively, after Broadstreet fired a 594 in air rifle and Estes shot a 593. Alathea Sellars rounded out the squaded shooters for Murray State in the match with a 584 smallbore and a 587 air rifle for an 1171 aggregate.

Meike Drewell led the non-squaded shooters for Murray State with an 1167, while Dana Buesseler used a career-best 586 air rifle to propel her to a career-best aggregate 1166. Shelby Huber turned in a career-high 579 smallbore for a total of 1156, while Erica Sloan followed at 1134.

The Racers will now have nearly two weeks off before facing their toughest test of the season before welcoming second-ranked TCU and 15th-ranked Jacksonville State to Pat Spurgin Rifle Range on October 22.

by Parker Griffith

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