Feb. 5, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2017 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships wrapped up on Sunday at the Hugh W. Wylie Range. For the second year in a row, No. 1 TCU claimed the championship crown with a PRC Championship record score of 4726. The University of Alaska placed 2nd with a score of 4705 and Ohio State placed 3rd with a score of 4691. Air Force placed 4th with a 4673, Nevada was 5th with a 4659 and UTEP rounded out the field with a 4591.
Ohio State’s score of 4691 was the second highest score in program history, the highest ever home score, and their highest score fired at the Conference Championships.
In smallbore, the Buckeyes posted a team score of 2320 and were led by freshman Rhiann Travis who posted a personal best score of 584. Her performance qualified her for the individual event finals where she finished 7th. Rhiann also earned PRC All Conference Honors for her performance. Sophomore Michael Steinel posted a score of 583 while junior Drew Cheezum (580), freshman Jacob Buchanan (573) and junior Mark Matheny (571) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. Firing as individuals, senior Anthony Cuozzo fired a personal best 585 while freshman Alli Kissell (571), junior Josh Black (570), senior Deanna Binnie (567), and sophomore Bailey Urbach (565) rounded out individual scoring.
In air rifle, Ohio State fired a team score of 2371, the third highest in program history. The Buckeyes were led by the trio of Michael Steinel, Mark Matheny and Drew Cheezum who all fired scores of 593. Rhiann Travis was right behind them with a 592 and Jacob Buchanan rounded out the team score with a 590. Firing as individuals, Josh Black led the way for Ohio State firing a 588 followed by senior Chrissy Thomas (582), senior Kendal Elder (578) and sophomores Brendan Whitaker and Quintin Wotring who both fired scores of 574.
“Overall, it was a fantastic weekend of competition and we thank the Patriot Rifle Conference for allowing us the opportunity to host this year’s championship match,” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “I was extremely pleased with our team’s grit and performance throughout the weekend. The environment and score level was certainly reflective of a championship environment and through it all our team produced our best home score in program history which was a fantastic accomplishment. TCU came in as the number one team in the country and their performances this weekend proved exactly why they are atop the rankings. That said, our third place finish was an incredible result for our team and with our score of 4691 we were also able to replace a score and improve our three score average to 4689 which is now the highest in program history. I am extraordinarily proud of the team and their effort that has produced great performances three weekends in a row and we’ll look forward to a weekend off before meeting up with Akron at the NCAA