After a program record setting performance in its NCAA qualification match on Saturday, the Army West Point rifle team has qualified to compete at the NCAA Championships. This marks the first time that Army has qualified for the event as a team since the 2013-14 season. "We are all pretty excited to make the NCAAs this year," head coach Web Wright said. "The team really came together when it counted and they should be really proud about that." The event will take place in Morgantown, W.V., beginning on March 8th, with five participants being designated from each team. Eight additional participants from non-qualifying teams have also been selected to bring the total number of participants to 48.
The top four scores from each team will be counted towards the championship total. Selection for the NCAA Championships was determined by taking the average of the team's three highest aggregate point totals of the season and adding it to the team's program record setting score from the NCAA Qualification Match on Feb. 16. The Black Knight's point total has earned them the seventh seed. "We set a program record last Saturday, but I know we have more in us," Wright said. "I am really looking forward to this." Before heading to Morgantown, the Black Knights will participate in the Great America Rifle Conference Championship in Akron, Ohio, on February 22 and 23. "We are headed out to our conference championships on Thursday and look to that as a sort of practice match to get ready." Wright said. Read more.