Dec. 8, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last week, the Ohio State Rifle team finished the fall portion of their NCAA season on a high note, posting the second highest score in program history. The Buckeyes defeated Air Force 4677 – 4672 on Dec. 3, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Coming off of a program record score at WVU two weeks ago, the team’s goal heading to Air Force was to continue our momentum and head into the Holiday Break strong,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “We were definitely able to accomplish that goal with our score of 4677. That score has helped to raise our NCAA qualification average to 4679 which is a great place for us to be as we head into the holiday break.”
In smallbore, Ohio State fired a team score of 2329 led by a personal best 587 by senior Remington Lyman. Freshman Michael Steinel also fired a personal best 582 followed by another 582 score by sophomore Drew Cheezum. Sophomore Mark Matheny (578) and junior Deanna Binnie (572) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. The score of 2329 was the second highest smallbore team score in program history behind only the 2332 fired earlier this season at the Buckeye Open.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2348 led by Remington Lyman who fired a 590. Michael Steinel (589), Mark Matheny (586), Josh Black (583) and Drew Cheezum (582) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State.
“The team has had a hugely successful fall portion of the season,” Tanoue continued. “We have been able to post the seven highest scores in program history (out of nine matches) and we have also achieved our highest national ranking of 5th place. The team will have finals these next two weeks, but there will be no rest for the weary as many of them will be working to qualify for the National Junior Olympic Championships over the Christmas Holiday. I am confident that we will be able to continue our climb in the spring semester as we head toward our conference championships as well as the NCAA Qualifier and NCAA Championships.”
The Buckeyes will return to team action on Sunday, January 17th in Ft. Worth, Texas against TCU.
Following their competition at Air Force last week, 11 members of the team participated in the USA Shooting Winter Air Rifle Championships held at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The Winter Air Championships also served as Part 1 of the 2016 US Olympic Trials.
Over the three day competition, Ohio State was very well represented and the team had many solid performances.
Men’s Air Rifle (118 total competitors):
Remington Lyman (Sr) – 21st (1849.1)
Drew Cheezum (So) – 24th (1846.7)
Michael Steinel (Fr) – 25th (1845.9)
Josh Black (So) – 38th (1829.8)
Mark Matheny (So) – 41st (1826.4)
Alex Kimura (Sr) – 45th (1823.4
Quintin Wotring (Fr) – 56th (1810.0)
Brendan Whitaker (Fr) – 67th (1787.4)
“We had a great weekend at the Olympic Training Center during the Winter Air Rifle Championships,” Tanoue added. “We were able to participate in the biggest air rifle event in USA Shooting history and the team was able to gain valuable experience in a difficult match environment. I know that the experience has left us with quite a few positives as well as some things to improve upon during the break.”