Feb. 9, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rifle team fired a 4639 to place fourth at the Patriot Rifle Conference Championship match held at the Hugh W. Wylie Range this weekend.

Alaska won the conference championship with a score of 4702 while Air force (4649) and TCU (4647) placed second and third.

“It was privilege for Ohio State and our team to host the inaugural Patriot Rifle Conference Championship match,” Ryan Tanoue, head coach of Ohio State, said following the match. “Overall I felt it was a fantastic competition and all of the teams, athletes and spectators were able to be a part of a little bit of history as our conference nears the end of its first season. For our team I felt it was at times a bit of a struggle but at the end of the day competing at high level matches such as this was one of the driving factors for our program helping to create this conference. To have four other very competitive teams, two of whom have competed for and won national championships over the past few seasons was a huge challenge for our group and we will learn from this experience and be better prepared for our future competitions.”

In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a 2305 led by senior Amanda Luoma who posted a 581. Sophomore Remington Lyman was right behind Luoma with a 580 while freshman Anthony Cuozzo (573), Deanna Binnie (572) and Greg Hagar (568) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.

Luoma and Lyman qualified for the individual event finals competition where the top eight individuals compete for the medal positions. In the event final Lyman finished fifth while Luoma took home the bronze. Alaska shooters Lorelie Stanfield and Ryan Anderson claimed the top two positions.

In air rifle Ohio State fired a 2334 led by Lyman who posted a 587. Hagar fired his third-highest score of the season with a 585 while Cuozzo (583), Binnie (579) and Luoma (579) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.

Competing as individuals, senior Dan Chapman (588) and freshman Chrissy Thomas fired personal bests with Thomas’ score of 589 qualifying her for the individual event final where she finished seventh.

“We were able to see several solid individual performances and I was very proud to have three individuals make the event finals and be able to showcase their abilities against other top athletes from our conference,” Tanoue said. “Having both Amanda and Remington represent us in smallbore and place in the top 5 was extremely exciting and also having Chrissy equal her personal best to qualify for the final in air rifle shows the talent we have moving up through our team. With the NCAA Qualifier two weeks out it will be a tough fight with several teams in position to stake a claim in the top eight. I am certain that we will grow from this experience and close out this season with a strong performance.”

Ohio State returns to action Feb. 22 when the Buckeyes host a NCAA Regional match.