The No. 10 Army West Point Rifle team set a new program record in its win over No. 6 Nebraska. The Black Knights topped the Cornhuskers, 4689-4677, Saturday morning at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.
“We had a pretty good day, today. We put it all together in smallbore and that made the big difference,” Army head coach Web Wright said. “In the past, we've put a couple of good individual scores forward but lacked all of the depth we are capable of. Today, everyone was on.”
Army's mark of 2333 is a program record based on the NCAA course change instituted during the 2013-14 season. All four of Army's scorers posted scores above 580 in smallbore, led by the team's firstie captain Clayton Hanson, who matched a career high with a score of 586. Lauren McMahan and Kyle Kutz had the team's second highest score at 583. Anusha Pakkam rounded out the scoring at 581.
“Our team had a great performance today with three shooting individual PRs in addition to our team's program record,” Hanson said. “I am proud of everyone for how they performed on the range today but even more proud for the way they acted as a team, encouraging, and supporting their teammates this week. Shooting may appear to be an individual sport, but you can't win by yourself; it takes a team to be successful. I'm looking forward to our team's next match!”
The Black Knights top mark prior to the course change was 2337 set on November 10, 2007 against TCU by the team that went on to finish second at the NCAA Championships.
“A win is always nice. But even better was that we replaced a score that counts toward NCAA qualification. That should help us close the gap little,” Wright said. Read more.