Jan. 28, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rifle team fired its third highest score of the season this past Saturday en route to a fourth-place finish at the Roger Withrow Open hosted my Murray State.

The Buckeyes fired a 4651 behind WVU (4707), Kentucky (4683) and Jacksonville State (4672). Memphis (4631), Ole Miss (4623), UT Martin (4618) & Rose Hulman (4480) were also represented at the event.

“It was a very solid overall effort by our team on Saturday and I feel that we were able to accomplish the goals we set out to achieve,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Tanoue said. “First we wanted to raise our three-score average for the season and we were able to do that with the 4651, which was our third-highest score this season. We also wanted to gain experience on the range which will host this year’s NCAA Championships and with such an outstanding field of teams I felt that we certainly held our own.”

In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2309. They were led by senior Amanda Luoma who fired a 585 which placed her fourth overall in the competition. Freshmen Deanna Binnie (576) and Anthony Cuozzo (575), sophomore Remington Lyman (573) and junior Greg Hagar (572) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Firing as individuals, sophomore Alex Kimura equaled his season best with a 570 and freshman Chrissy Thomas fired a season best 571.

In air rifle Ohio State fired a 2342 led by Luoma who fired a 591. Lyman fired a 586 while Cuozzo (583), Binnie (582) and Hagar (581) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. Thomas (584) and Kimura (580) also put in solid performances as individuals.

“I am also very pleased with the team’s performance as a whole as this is the first time ever where our entire group has performed at the 570-plus level in smallbore and 580-plus in air rifle,” Tanoue said. “We’re heading to TCU for our last regular season match and we’ll be looking to continue our string of strong performances before the conference championships.”

Ohio State competes in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday, Feb. 1, in a match hosted by TCU.