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Feb. 11, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rifle team finished second in a NCAA Sectional hosted by the Buckeyes at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall. OSU had a 4,474 aggregate score, second to Akron at 4,537. Morehead State finished third at 2,272. Akron finished first in both smallbore rifle (2,240) and air rifle (2,297). Ohio State was second in air rifle (2,269) and third in smallbore rifle (2,205) with Morehead State taking second in smallbore rifle (2,238) and third in air rifle (2,234).

Individually, Ohio State’s Steve Nozaki (So., Hilo, Hawaii) was second in air rifle, shooting a 580. Akron’s Marybeth Brewer took first with a 582 with teammate April Engle’s 578 good for third. In smallbore rifle, Julie DeBrita was first with a 572 score. Kevin Mulligan of Morehead State was second at 571 with Akron’s Laura Kuntz third at 568.

The team and individual scores will be compiled with other sectionals and the advancing schools and individuals will be announced Feb. 20. The 28th NCAA Championship will be hosted by Alaska Fairbanks at the Patty Center, March 9-10.

NCAA Sectional Team Scores Smallbore Air Aggregate 1 Akron 2,240 2,297 4,537 2 Ohio State-Scarlet 2,205 2,269 4,474 3 Morehead State 2,238 2,234 4,472 4 Rose Hulman Inst. Tech. 2,187 2,210 4,397 5 Wisconsin Oshkosh 2,012 2,094 4,106 6 Ohio State-Gray – 2,241 2,241 7 Xavier – 2,173 2,173

Akron Smallbore Air Julie DeBrita 572 574 Laura Kuntz 568 – Angle Engle 552 572 Melissa Lussier 548 574 Michael Tokarz – 577

Ohio State-Scarlet Smallbore Air Staci Collins 549 576 Kelly Lake 547 – Steven Nozaki 559 580 Jeff Naswadi 550 564 Sam Ohlinger – 549

Morehead State Smallbore Air Ed Lemley 545 549 Nick Rosati 561 552 Kevin Mulligan 571 – Matt Hanak 561 567 Lindy Nettleton – 566

Rose Hulman I.T. Smallbore Air Lucas Weir 542 543 Dave Cloutier 558 570 Nicholas Schmidt 550 553 Thomas Buetow 537 544

Wisconsin Oshkosh Smallbore Air Andrew Pankow 489 501 Linsey Stoil 442 505 Kelly Berget 556 560 Bethann Cagney 525 528

Ohio State-Gray Smallbore Air Hanna Thorsen – 564 Pete Deem – 559 Andrew Wesel – 561 Staci Collins – 557

Xavier Smallbore Air Ashley Skeuse – 569 Daniel Ault – 559 Alyssa Sullivan – 572 Melissa Kessel – 473