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Nov. 9, 2015

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AKRON, Ohio – The Ohio State Rifle team placed 5th out of the 11 NCAA teams that participated in the NCAA Championships Rehearsal Match held at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletics Field House on the University of Akron campus on Saturday.

The No. 7 Buckeyes posted a score of 4670 which placed them behind #4 Kentucky (4703), #1 West Virginia (4697), #4 Murray State (4692) and #2 Alaska (4680). NC State (4647), Memphis (4642), Akron (4630), Ole Miss (4606), John Jay (4449) and the University of the Sciences (4032) rounded out the field.

In smallbore, Ohio State fired a team score of 2313 led by senior Remington Lyman who equaled his highest score of the season with a 583. Making his first appearance on the starting-5 this season, sophomore Josh Black posted a 579 while sophomores Mark Matheny (578) and Drew Cheezum (574), and junior Deanna Binnie (574) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as an individual, freshman Michael Steinel fired a 575.

In air rifle, the Buckeyes set a new team record for the third time this season with a score of 2357. Leading the way was sophomore Drew Cheezum who fired a 593 followed by freshman Michael Steinel who equaled his season best with a 592 and senior Remington Lyman who fired a 591. Sophomores Josh Black and Mark Matheny rounded out team scoring with scores of 581 and 580 respectively. That marked the first time in team history where three team members fired scores of 590 or higher in a match. Firing as an individual, junior Deanna Binnie posted a season best 581.

“With six of the top eight teams participating, it was a great challenge and experience for our team to compete in the Championship Rehearsal Match,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “The University of Akron did a great job of hosting this competition at the same site that will host the 2016 NCAA Rifle Championships next march. Because of this it was a huge opportunity for our team to gain experience and knowledge on the range that will host the NCAA Championships and compete in what was probably the largest NCAA rifle match ever in terms of the number of teams that participated.”

“I felt that we handled the challenge of competing in a brand new range very well,” Tanoue continued. “Smallbore was a bit of a challenge for us on Saturday but I was very proud of our team’s ability to let that performance go and fight right back with a new team record in air rifle. Over the course of the past four weeks we have seen the type of performance this group is capable of in each event and our focus is on working toward being able to have both our smallbore and air rifle performances come together for us on the same day. Our next opportunity is right around the corner with our match against TCU this coming Sunday.”

The Buckeyes return to action on the second weekend of the Dr. John C. Fellingham Buckeye Open this Sunday, Nov. 15.

Team Results
1.            Kentucky – 4703
2.            WVU – 4697
3.            Murray State -4692
4.            Alaska – 4680
5.            Ohio State – 4670
6.            NC State – 4647
7.            Memphis – 4642
8.            Akron – 4630
9.            Ole Miss – 4606
10.          John Jay – 4449
11.          U. Sciences – 4032