COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rifle team fired a team score of 4708, the second-highest score in the history of the program, on Saturday against TCU (4737) and Nebraska (4699).
In smallbore, the team fired a score of 2341 and were led by a career-best and program-record score of 592 from Viktor Kiss. Kiss’ new program record bested the previous program record held by himself and Derek Keiser, which were both fired last season. Nathan Wehrlen (584), Derek Keiser (583), Tyler Hanson (582), and Lillian Warren (578) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Paige Hollowell led the way for Ohio State’s individuals firing a career best score of 585. Joel Potts (577), Philip Becker (575), John Hamilton (574), Frank Steyn (567), Natalie Katsuyama (56) and Eva Horgan (560) completed individual scoring in smallbore.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes posted a score of 2367 and had a really well-rounded performance by all of the counting team members; Viktor Kiss (593), Derek Keiser (592), John Hamilton (592), Lillian Warren (591), and Paige Hollowell (590). Philip Becker and Nathan Wehrlen led the way for the individuals by firing matching scores of 590. Tyler Hanson posted a career best 588 while Frank Steyn (583), Joel Potts (581), Natalie Katsuyama (579), and Eva Horgan (577) rounded out individual scoring in air rifle.
Coach Tanoue: “It was great to be competing for the first time this season on our home range and we saw a really stellar performance from the team today. Our score of 4708 was the second highest in the history of the program and we saw several new individual program records set today which was fantastic to see. After six matches our ‘NCAA Three Score Average’ is already the highest in program history which is a great place to be with two matches remaining on our fall schedule. But NCAA rifle has already shown so far this season how extremely competitive so many teams are with now ten teams firing scores of 4700 or higher. Ultimately though today was a very exciting day and we will have another opportunity next weekend to take steps forward and see what we can achieve.”
Ohio State returns to action on Saturday, November 5 when they will host Murray State and UTEP at the Hugh W. Wylie Range.