Oct. 6, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ohio State rifle team got its 2014-15 season underway by firing a 4643 and placing third overall at the Ole Miss Invitational in Oxford, Miss., over the weekend.
In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2310 and were led by sophomore Deanna Binnie who fired an impressive 584, one point off of her personal best from last season. Binnie’s 584 was also the highest smallbore score fired in the match.
Returning All-American Remington Lyman also got off to a solid start in smallbore with a score of 581. Freshman Joshua Black (573), Mark Matheny (572) and Drew Cheezum (569) also got their Buckeye careers underway and rounded out the team scoring for Ohio State. Sophomores Anthony Cuozzo (564) and Chrissy Thomas (561) also competed as individuals.
In air rifle, Ohio State fired a team score of 2333 led by freshman Drew Cheezum who started his 2014 season with a solid 588. Remington Lyman was just behind with a 587 followed by Black (581), Binnie (577) and Thomas (574).
“I am glad to finally have our season underway,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “It is always a challenge to have your first match on the road and we definitely had a few obstacles to overcome this weekend. Performance wise I felt it was a good start to the year for our team. Our returning starters, Deanna (Binnie) and Remington (Lyman) both put in great performances and I feel they are both poised for impressive seasons. We also had three freshmen begin their Buckeye careers in the starting lineup and for their first collegiate competition I thought they all had solid performances.”
“Overall I felt our score of 4643 wasn’t exactly what we were expecting or looking for to start the year but we left Ole Miss motivated and eager to improve and show our full potential next week when we head to UTEP for our first conference matches of the season.”
Ohio State will be back in action this Saturday and Sunday when it opens Patriot Rifle Conference action in El Paso, Texas against UTEP and Nevada.