The Ohio State University rifle team competed at the NCAA Qualifier over the weekend, posting a team score of 4,651. The squad was led by sophomore Ariel Hall who fired an aggregate score of 1,167.
In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a score of 2,295 led by senior Rhiann Travis who posted a score of 577. She was followed by fellow senior Jacob Buchanan (575), Ariel Hall (573), and sophomores Annie Tomb (570), and Annabelle Stanec (564) who rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. The freshman pair of Katie Ezell (571), and Natalie Katsuyama (570) led the way for the individuals. Both Natalie and junior Mica Harr (564) fired season best scores on Saturday. Freshman Joel Potts (557), and juniors Jared Minor (556), and Megan Wilcoxson (536) rounded out individual scoring.
In air rifle the Buckeyes posted a team score of 2,356 paced by Hall’s 594. She was followed by Tomb and Ezell who both fired scores of 588. Travis (586), and Buchanan (585) rounded out team scoring. Katsuyama, Harr, and Stanec led the way for the individuals with scores of 583, 582, and 581, respectively. Minor posted a score of 580, Potts equaled his season-best with a score of 579, and Wilcoxson rounded out individual scoring with a 563.
“I want to first start out by thanking our two seniors Rhiann Travis and Jacob Buchanan” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “They have been fantastic teammates, competitors, and friends over these past four years and it was very bittersweet to see their Ohio State careers come to a close on Saturday. The qualifier is always a challenging match and I felt that it turned out to be one of our best overall team performances of the season top to bottom with several individuals competing at season-best levels. Ariel [Hall] had a really great performance in air rifle which will give her the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships next month (March 13-14). We are very much looking forward to the official announcement of her selection on Tuesday.”