COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University rifle team fired its highest score of the season, posting a 4698 against John Jay College (4218) and MIT (4194) in a match hosted at Army West Point. The score of 4698 is tied for the second-highest in program history.
In smallbore, the team fired a score of 2324 led by a solid all around effort from the counting 5 which consisted of Viktor Kiss (584), Ariel Hall (582), Nathan Wehrlen (580), Derek Keiser (578), and Philip Becker (577). Annabelle Stanec (561), and Annie Tomb (560) fired as individuals for Ohio State.
In air rifle, the team fired a season-best score of 2374 led by a career-best score of 597 from Derek Keiser. Viktor Kiss fired a 595 while Annie Tomb fired a season-best 592. Ariel Hall (590) and Nathan Wehrlen (585) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Competing as an individual Philip Becker fired a career-best 593.
Coach Tanoue: “The opportunity to add this match to our schedule came about only recently and we appreciate John Jay College and MIT for welcoming us to compete with them and also West Point for hosting the match on Saturday. The team had a really great performance, the highest of the season, and we also saw some fantastic season and career-best performances. It is exciting to be performing at this type of level as we head into the NCAA Qualifier this coming Saturday.”
Ohio State will compete in the NCAA Qualifier alongside Akron on Saturday in Columbus. The NCAA Qualifier accounts for 50% of the team’s qualification score and will be added to the 3 Score Average to make up the NCAA Qualification Score. The teams with the top 8 Qualification scores will be selected for the 2022 NCAA Rifle Championships hosted by the US Air Force Academy.