Nov. 7, 2017
The 5th annual Dr. John. C. Fellingham Buckeye Open wrapped up on Sunday with over 155 participants over the two weekends of competition.
The Ohio State Rifle Team competed on both Saturday and Sunday, facing off against Murray State and UTEP on Saturday and against UTEP again on Sunday.
During Saturday’s competition, Ohio State fired a team score of 4684. Murray State posted a 4708 while UTEP fired a 4589.
In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2321, led by a personal best of 584 from freshman Elizabeth Dutton. The rest of the counting team scores were as follows:
Junior Quintin Wotring led the way for the individuals firing a personal best of 582. He was followed by sophomore Alli Kissell (576), senior Josh Black (573), freshman Paige Pruden (573), junior Brendan Whitaker (572), junior Michael Steinel (571), freshman Mica Harr (566), freshman Jared Minor (559), junior Bailey Urbach (556), freshman Wynn Lekhavanija (555) and freshman Megan Wilcoxson (549).
In air rifle, Ohio State posted a team score of 2363 led by Rhiann Travis (594) and Mark Matheny (593), who both fired season best scores. The rest of the counting team scores for air rifle were as follows:
Leading the way for the individuals were Alli Kissell (589) and Mica Harr (588), who both fired personal best scores. Josh Black (584), Michael Steinel (584), Wynn Lekhavanija (583), Quintin Wotring (580), Bailey Urbach (576), Brendan Whitaker (575), Paige Pruden (573), Megan Wilcoxson (571) and Jared Minor (568) rounded out individual scoring.
On Sunday, Ohio State fired a 4685 to compile their second highest aggregate score of the season. UTEP fired a 4583.
In smallbore, the team posted a score of 2319 led by Elizabeth Dutton, who fired a personal best of 585 for a second consecutive day. The rest of the counting team followed closely behind Dutton:
Paige Pruden led the way for the individuals with a career best 578. Alli Kissell also fired a score of 578 while Josh Black was right behind them with a 577. Michael Steinel (574), Quintin Wotring (572), Brendan Whitaker (571), Bailey Urbach (565), Mica Harr (564), Jared Minor (563), Wynn Lekhavanija (555), Megan Wilcoxson (553), and Patrick Sardo (541) rounded out individual scoring.
In air rifle, the team tied their season best score, firing a 2366. Rhiann Travis led the way, setting a new season best score of 595. Elizabeth Dutton completed her career day by adding a personal best of 592. The rest of the counting team followed with solid scores:
Josh Black led the way for the individuals by firing a score of 593. Mica Harr fired a personal best score of 590. Michael Steinel also posted a 590, while Wynn Lekhavanija (583), Megan Wilcoxson (582), Quintin Wotring (582), Paige Pruden (580), Alli Kissell (579), Brendan Whitaker (577), Jared Minor (576), Patrick Sardo (564) and Bailey Urbach (556) rounded out the individuals.
Coach Ryan Tanoue weighs in on the team’s experience this year with the Buckeye Open, “We had an incredible two weekends of competition with nearly 160 athletes competing. We want to thank all of the team and individual competitors for their participation and support of this match which has become a star on our calendar over the past five seasons.
Coach Tanoue is very impressed with the team’s performance thus far, explaining, “For our team, we had a very solid and consistent performance over the past two days. We are honestly where we expected to be at this point in the season, and the performances that we have seen so far have set us up for a strong finish to the fall portion of our season in two weeks when we head to the Air Force Academy to compete with Air Force, Kentucky, and Nebraska.”
The Buckeyes will be back in action on November 18th and 19th for a pair of matches at the US Air Force Academy.