Ohio State Rifle made the 4000 mile journey to Fairbanks, Alaska to compete in the 2019 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships over the weekend. The University of Alaska Fairbanks hosted the championship for the first time on the Alaska Airlines Court inside the Patty Center. The Buckeyes finished in 4th place with a score of 4,661. Air Force claimed the conference championship for the first time with a score of 4,708. TCU (4,695) finished 2nd, followed by Nevada (4,665), Alaska (4,660), and UTEP (4,610) who rounded out the field of 6 teams.
In smallbore, the team posted a score of 2,301 led by junior Jacob Buchanan who fired a score of 579. He was followed by fellow junior Rhiann Travis and freshman Ariel Hall who both fired scores of 575. Elizabeth Dutton (572), and Michael Steinel (570) rounded out team scoring. Firing as an individual, Bailey Urbach posted a score of 571.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes tied their season best team score of 2,360 and were led by personal best equaling scores of 592 and 591 from the freshman pair of Annabelle Stanec and Ariel Hall. Fellow freshman Annie Tomb fired a 589 while Jacob Buchanan (588) and Rhiann Travis (586) rounded out team scoring. Firing as an individual, Elizabeth Dutton fired a 584. With her 592 performance, Annabelle advanced to the individual finals where she finished 6th. Coach Tanoue stated,
“Overall I thought it was a really good weekend for us at the Conference Championships. The University of Alaska did a fantastic job serving as the host and we saw some really great performances during the competition. We fired our second highest score of the season and had several personal best performances which was great to see at this point of the season and we’ll look to ride that momentum through the NCAA Qualifier.”
Ohio State returns to action at the NCAA Qualifier match on Feb. 16, 2019.