Feb. 4, 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The TCU women's rifle team successfully defended its Patriot Rifle Conference championship with another dominating performance on the range. TCU led all teams with a final score of 4,697. The Horned Frogs took home both the smallbore and air rifle team championships.
Additionally, Elizabeth Marsh claimed the smallbore individual championship after firing a 455.4 in the finals. Mindy Miles took home her fourth consecutive air rifle title after shooting a 251.9 in the finals.
"I am very proud and happy for the team," said head coach Karen Monez. "They really pulled it together on the second day with a good air rifle aggregate to beat some tough teams. Five of the teams in the Patriot Rifle Conference are currently ranked by the NCAA in the top eight with just two weeks remaining in the season. The conference is on track to have an impressive showing at the NCAA Championships next month."
On Saturday, the Frogs built a solid cushion on the scoreboard after shooting a 2,320 in smallbore. Ariana Grabowski led the Frogs with a 584 to tie for first. Miles (581), Marsh (578) and Rachel Garner (577) each qualified for the finals after finishing in the top eight among all shooters.
Miles (441.4) finished third in the finals, while Garner (396.7) finished seventh and Grabowski (395.8) eighth.
"After winning the conference championship the last two years, the team was really motivated to bring home the title once again," said Monez. "It was great to see the team finish the championship strong. They needed solid individual air performances the last day to post a good team score and they delivered."
TCU solidified its championship with a 2,377 team score in air rifle. TCU boasted three of the top eight marks in air rifle. Miles and Casey Lutz each fired identical scores of 596. Garner turned in a 593 to finish seventh. Not qualifying for the finals, but finishing in the top 10 was Marsh with a 592.
Garner took home second place in the individual finals after shooting a 247.5. Lutz finished fifth with a finals score of 185.0.
Rounding out the six-team field was Air Force (4,670), Alaska (4,667), Ohio State (4,660), Nevada (4,645) and UTEP (4,570).
TCU returns to the range on Feb. 17 when it hosts the NCAA Qualifier.