Feb. 8, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rifle team fired a team score of 4681 which placed them third at the Patriot Rifle Conference (PRC) Championships hosted by TCU over the weekend. The Buckeyes’ score of 4681 was the third highest of the season and also in program history.
The host and 3rd ranked Texas Christian University won its first conference championship with a score of 4690. Fifth-ranked Alaska Fairbanks placed second with a score of 4687, while No. 6 Air Force (4672), No. 13 Nevada (4636) and No. 17 UTEP (4594) rounded out the six-team field.
On Saturday, the Buckeyes fired a team smallbore score of 2317 which had them sitting in third place behind TCU (2326) and Alaska (2324) and in front of Air Force (2315), Nevada (2288) and UTEP (2275). Ohio State was led by senior Remington Lyman who fired a match high score of 585. Sophomores Drew Cheezum and Mark Matheny were next for Ohio State with scores of 579 and 578 respectively while junior Anthony Cuozzo (575) and freshman Michael Steinel (574) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as an individual, junior Deanna Binnie fired a 579. With his score of 585, Remington qualified for the individual final where he finished second overall and earned All-Conference Honors.
On Sunday, Ohio State continued their streak of strong air rifle performances by posting a 2364 which tied TCU for the highest air rifle team score for the match. The Buckeyes were led by freshman Michael Steinel who matched his season high with a score of 593. Drew Cheezum and Remington Lyman were close behind with scores of 592 and 591 respectively while Mark Matheny (588) and Anthony Cuozzo (586) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Firing as an individual, Deanna Binnie was one point off of her season best with a 585. Both Drew and Michael qualified for the individual finals where Michael finished 8th and Drew 3rd. They were also named All-Conference for their efforts.
“The Conference Championship was a very successful weekend for our team,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “The PRC has shown throughout the season that our conference is one of the strongest in the nation. With four of the six teams currently ranked in the top 8 it truly was a championship level environment and competition level over the weekend. Ultimately, it was an extremely competitive match with the top three teams being separated by only nine points. I was very proud of our effort throughout the competition and I know that it was very satisfying for the team to be able to post another strong performance in air rifle and place third at one of the biggest competitions of the year.”
“Although we weren’t able to improve on our third place conference finish from last season, the score we fired was 26 points higher which shows the huge amount of progress that we have made in the last year,” Tanoue continued. “We were also able to post the third highest score in the history of the program and in the process improve our NCAA qualification average heading into the NCAA Qualifier in two weeks. It was also a great reward to see three of our athletes qualify for the individual finals, bring home two podium finishes and be named All-Conference. We are now down to the final steps in our journey to make the trip up to the University of Akron who will host the 2016 NCAA Rifle Championships, and we will use the next two weeks to get rested and re-focused on the NCAA qualifier on February 20th.”
Ohio State has this coming weekend off and will return to action as the host of an NCAA Qualification match at the Hugh W. Wylie Range on February 20th.
The top eight teams will qualify for the NCAA Rifle Championships hosted by the University of Akron on March 11-12 based on a combination of the NCAA Qualification Average and the score fired at the NCAA Qualification match. Ohio State is currently ranked 7th. Full rankings: http://www.ncaarifle.org/Home/SeasonStats