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Oct. 31, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Rifle Team fired a new team record aggregate score of 4676 at the Buckeye Open on Saturday at Converse Hall. The 4676 beats the 4675 the team fired just two weeks ago in Fairbanks, Alaska and is the second time the team record has been broken this season. Murray State (4699) and Nevada (4640) also competed on Saturday.

In smallbore, the Buckeyes set a team record for the second time this season with a best ever score of 2332. Leading the way for Ohio State with a career best score of 589 was sophomore Drew Cheezum. Senior Remington Lyman posted the next highest score with a 583 while junior Deanna Binnie (580), sophomore Mark Matheny (580) and freshman Michael Steinel (576) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as an individual, sophomore Josh Black posted a career best score of 585. It was the first time in program history where five individuals fired scores of 580 or higher.

In air rifle, Ohio State fired a 2344 led by freshman Michael Steinel who fired a 589. Remington Lyman (587), Drew Cheezum (584), Josh Black (584) and Mark Matheny (578) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.

“It is always a privilege for us to host a match in honor of one of our biggest supporters, Dr. John Fellingham and I felt that the start of the two weekend competition today couldn’t have gone much better for everyone involved,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “Our team saw more records broken today with a fantastic performance in smallbore which helped us to break our overall aggregate score team record. Although air rifle wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for, setting a new overall team record is nothing to hang our heads about and I know that our group will use today as another stepping stone toward our goals for this season. We know that there is certainly more performance out there for us to achieve and we will look to push toward that next week when we head to Akron for the NCAA Championship Test Event.”

Ohio State returns to action next Saturday afternoon when they head to Akron for their NCAA Rifle Championship Test Event. Akron will host the NCAA Championships next March.