Rifle Breaks Two School Records, Finishes Second at Nevada
Sept. 8, 2002
RENO, Nev. - Sparked by new school records in the air rifle for an individual and as a team, TCU rifle opened the season with a respectable second-place finish at national-power Nevada. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was freshman phenom Celeste Green (Lufkin, Texas/Hewitt), who shattered the TCU individual record by posting back-to-back scores of 387 and paced the Frogs' record-setting 1,518 performance as a team.
The meet consisted of two matches in which TCU shot 1,496 and 1,518, respectively. Both scores toppled the previous school record of 1,465 set last November 10 at Army. The Frogs' 1,507 average was second to the 1,553 posted by the Nevada Blue team, which finished fourth nationally last season.
Green's 387 average was good for a tie for second at the competition, behind only Nevada's Ryan Tanoue, who placed third in the 2002 NCAA Championships. The marks break the school record of 379 set by her sister, Jessica, on October 28, 2001 at Memphis.
In addition to Green's record-setting performance, the Horned Frogs received impressive outings from each of its other three shooters en route to the new school standard.
Sherri Gallagher (Prescott, Ariz./Prescott Christian), another highly touted freshman, shot an average of 379.5, good for seventh-place overall. Despite battling the flu, Jessica Green placed ninth with an average of 370.5 while fellow senior Stacy Hughes (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown), paced by a career-high 375 in the second match, finished 10th with an average of 370 points.
"Overall, I am very proud of our performance against one of the best teams in the nation," TCU head coach Roger Ivy said. "This is a great start to what we hope will be a very special season."
TCU returns to action on Sept. 28 when they face a grueling day with meets at both Mississippi and Memphis.
TCU at Nevada (Sept. 7, 2002)
TCU Individual Performances
* denotes school record