Feb. 21, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time since 1991, the Ohio State Rifle Team will be headed to the NCAA Rifle Championships after firing a team record 4685 at the NCAA Qualifier match held Saturday at the Hugh W. Wylie Range in Columbus.
This was the fourth time this season that the team aggregate record had been broken. When added to their NCAA three score season average of 4682.33, the team posted a total score of 9367.33 which is seventh-best in the country. The top 8 scoring teams earn a place at the 2016 NCAA Rifle Championships which will be held at the Stiles Athletics Field House on the campus of the University of Akron, March 11 and 12. The final qualifier and season results can be viewed on NCAARifle.org.
“First of all, I was to congratulations the team,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “It has been an incredible journey throughout this season to get to this point and I am thrilled for our team to be able to continue our season and represent Ohio State at the NCAA Rifle Championships. Heading into this weekend we were coming off of several very good performances and I felt the team was extremely confident. That really showed on Saturday, and for our group to be able to post a team record in the biggest match of the year shows how much we have grown throughout the season and how well prepared we were.”
The official NCAA Rifle Championship Selection show will be this Thursday at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com
At the qualifier in smallbore, Ohio State fired a team score of 2321. Leading the way with a personal best equaling score of 589 was sophomore Drew Cheezum. Fellow sophomore Mark Matheny equaled his season best with a 581 while senior Remington Lyman (580), junior Anthony Cuozzo (571) and freshman Michael Steinel (571) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Firing as individuals, junior Deanna Binnie led the way with a score of 580 followed by junior Kendal Elder who fired a season best 571. Sophomore Josh Black and freshman Quintin Wotring also fired scores of 571 while freshman Bailey Urbach (568), freshman Brendan Whitaker (568), junior Chrissy Thomas (567) and freshman Patrick Sardo (539) rounded out the smallbore competition. Firing his final match as a Buckeye, senior Alex Kimura posted a 568.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2364 led by senior Remington Lyman who fired a 593. Rounding out another solid team performance was Drew Cheezum (592), Michael Steinel (590), Mark Matheny (589) and Anthony Cuozzo (586). Leading the way for the Ohio State’s individuals was Josh Black who fired a season best 590. Quintin Wotring fired a personal best 586 while Chrissy Thomas posted a season best 581. Rounding out Ohio State’s individuals were Deanna Binnie (579), Alex Kimura (578), Brendan Whitaker (578), Kendal Elder (574), Bailey Urbach (566) and Patrick Sardo (560).
With his performances, sophomore Drew Cheezum also set a new individual aggregate record score of 1181.
“In thinking about qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1991, I know that we will look back on the 2015-16 season as a milestone in the history of our program,” Tanoue said. “That said, it has truly been a collective effort over the past few years from every single member of the team, our support groups here at Ohio State as well as our parents and families. It is always an incredible feeling to see hard work and dedication pay off and I know that this is a huge moment for everyone who has been involved with the Rifle Team here at Ohio State.”
“We are looking forward to watching our official selection on the Championship Selection Show on Thursday and it will then be two weeks until the Championships begin in Akron,” Tanoue continued. “In that time we will need to re-focus our excitement on getting back to training and the task at hand. Throughout the season we have been working on our preparedness for the Championships and outside of Kentucky whom we shot with at the NCAA Championship Test-Event Tournament held at Akron, we have competed head to head against all of the other qualifying teams. This familiarity will be huge for our group and although we will have qualified in seventh, everything starts back at zero at the championships and we will look to finish what has been a record setting season with a championship worthy performance in Akron.”