Oct. 3, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Rifle Team hit the road for the second time this season competing at No. 1 West Virginia on Sunday. The match was a bit of a change for both teams as the smallbore portion of the competition was held in the WVU Rifle Range while the air rifle portion was contested inside the WVU Shell Building (indoor track) with more than 150 fans turning out to watch the competition.
Ohio State posted a score of 2312 in smallbore led by junior Drew Cheezum who fired a 580. Close behind was the freshman duo of Rhiann Travis (579) and Jacob Buchanan (578) followed by juniors Josh Black (575) and Mark Matheny (573). Ohio State’s individuals were led by personal bests from sophomores Michael Steinel (584) and Quintin Wotring (581). Freshman Alli Kissell got her Buckeye career underway with a score of 575 while seniors Deanna Binnie (574), Kendal Elder (570), Chrissy Thomas (563) and sophomores Brendan Whitaker (573) and Bailey Urbach (563) rounded out individual scoring for the Buckeyes.
In air rifle, the Buckeyes fired a season best 2362 led by Jacob Buchanan who fired a personal best 593. Following Jacob were Rhiann Travis (593), Drew Cheezum (590), Josh Black (587) and Mark Matheny (587) who rounded out team scoring for Ohio State. The Buckeye individual competitors were led by Michael Steinel who posted a 591 followed by Quintin Wotring (587), Kendal Elder (582), Alli Kissell (579), Deanna Binnie (579), Brendan Whitaker (577), Chrissy Thomas (575), and Bailey Urbach (570).
“Competing at WVU on Sunday was a fantastic challenge and opportunity for our team,” said Ohio State head coach Ryan Tanoue. “From an experience standpoint getting a chance for our team to compete in an environment like the Shell Building against a team like WVU will be a big part of our foundation as we move through the season. It was an NCAA Championship like environment for the air rifle competition and our team handled that environment incredibly well. The 2362 air rifle score we fired was the 5th best score of all time and we had many great individual performances as well. So for the team to be able to go into a challenging environment and perform the way we did shows the competitiveness that this team possess and is a great early sign for our season. From an overall team score perspective, I am very happy with where we are at this point of the season. We took another step forward with the 4674 on Sunday and we’ll look to build on that two weeks from now in Fairbanks.”
The Buckeyes have this coming weekend off before heading to Fairbanks, Alaska for two matches against UAF on October 14 and 15.