FORT WORTH, Texas – The Ohio State rifle team traveled to TCU for the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships and fired an aggregate score of 4,669. It marks the highest Buckeye score of the 2019-20 season and was good for third place in the PRC Championships. Defending national champion TCU (4,728) and Air Force (4,681) placed first and second, respectively, in the five-team event.
Alaska (4,639) and UTEP (4583) rounded out team competition. Ohio State’s third-place showing matched the team’s highest finish at the conference championship which they previously achieved in 2017.
In smallbore the team posted a score of 2,310 led by senior Rhiann Travis who fired a score of 581. She was closely followed by sophomores Annabelle Stanec (579) and Ariel Hall (578). Senior Jacob Buchanan (572) and sophomore Annie Tomb (569) rounded out team scoring. With their performances Hall, Stanec, and Travis all advanced to the individual finals where they placed third, sixth and eighth, respectively, and earned All-PRC honors. Freshman Natalie Katsuyama was the only individual competitor for the Buckeyes, firing a score of 562.
In air rifle Ohio State fired a team score of 2,359 led by Hall who fired a score of 592. Travis (590), Tomb (589), Buchanan (588), and Stanec (581) rounded out an outstanding team effort for the Buckeyes. Hall advanced to the individual finals where she finished in seventh place and earned All-PRC recognition. Freshman Katie Ezell competed as an individual firing a score of 589.
“The PRC Championships was a really successful match for our team on a number of levels” said head coach Ryan Tanoue “It was fantastic to see our team have what I felt was our most complete performance of the season and fire our highest score of the year under the pressure of the conference championship. The four All-Conference selections are a testament to the level of individual performances that we had. It was also a great feeling to see our team on the podium for both events and overall, matching our highest finish at the PRC Championship.”
The Rifle Team returns to action this Saturday as they host one of the ten NCAA qualifier matches that will be held throughout the country.