Ohio State Rifle spent their fall break in Fairbanks, Alaska, splitting their competitions with the University of Alaska and the University of Nebraska.
On Friday, the Buckeyes competed against the host Nanooks at the E.F. Horton Range at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and were edged in a very close match 4666 to 4659.
In smallbore, Ohio State fired a team score of 2299 and were led by Rhiann Travis who posted a career best score of 585. Rounding out team scoring was Elizabeth Dutton (574), Jacob Buchanan (573), Mica Harr (567), and Michael Steinel (564). Firing as an individual, Ariel Hall posted a score of 568.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes posted a season best score of 2360. Three counters posted scores over 590 led by Rhiann Travis (591), Elizabeth Dutton (590), and Mica Harr (590). They were followed closely by Jacob Buchanan (589) and Ariel Hall (580). Firing as an individual, Michael Steinel posted a score of 590.
On Saturday, Ohio State competed against the University of Nebraska at the Tanana Valley Sportsman’s Association Range and scored a two-point victory of 4658 to 4656.
In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2306 and were again led by Rhiann Travis who fired a 582. She was followed by Jacob Buchanan (579), Ariel Hall (574), Elizabeth Dutton (571), and Mica Harr (563). Firing as an individual, Michael Steinel fired a score of 571.
In air rifle, Ohio State posted a team score of 2355 led by Elizabeth Dutton who fired a 589. She was followed closely by Rhiann Travis (588), Mica Harr (588), Jacob Buchanan (587), and Michael Steinel (585). Firing as an individual Ariel Hall fired a score of 585. Coach Tanoue said,
“Making the journey up to Fairbanks is always a challenge, but I know that we have returned with a great deal of experience and some solid performances. No doubt these competitions are going to help us be better prepared when we return to Fairbanks for the Conference Championship Match in February. These matches have also highlighted areas of improvement that will keep us working toward our goals throughout the rest of the fall portion of the season.”
Ohio State returns to action this Saturday when they head to Morgantown, West Virginia where they will be one of five teams (WVU, Murray State, Air Force, Nebraska) that will compete in the WVU Coliseum on the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range. The WVU Coliseum will also host the 2019 NCAA Rifle Championships in March.