The 11th-ranked Army West Point Rifle team set a program record with an aggregate mark of 4682 in its season-opener on Saturday. Despite the program feat, the Black Knights fell to Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 2 Kentucky, which shot a score of 4709.
Army shot its portion of the match virtually in the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center, while Kentucky competed at their own range in Lexington, Ky.
“This is a weird situation to be in,” said Army head coach Web Wright. “We set a program record, but I was expecting a higher score based on the performances we've seen over the last couple of weeks.”
All of Army's scorers in smallbore had marks above 577. The Cadets were led by firstie captain Clayton Hanson's tally of 584, which was just two points off his career high. In air rifle, the Black Knights had a trio of scorers over the 590 threshold with Hanson claiming the top mark of 594. Cow Lauren McMahan and firstie captain Kaitlyn Kutz were Army's other member in the 590s with respective scores of 593 and 590.
“Our match today was a good place to start for the season," Hanson said. "Everyone seems like they have a lot left in them and we're excited for our next match.”
Aaron Flowers led Army's non-scorers with an aggregate tally of 1153. Flowers had a score of 571 in smallbore and 582 in air rifle. Read more.