Rifle Starts Season Strong
Oct. 2, 2017
“I couldn't have asked for a better start to the season,” raved head coach Karen Monez. “The team made a statement with the scores fired this weekend. They are going to build on the record setting season they had last year. With the record-setting scores fired this weekend, this team is going to continue to raise the bar.”
In the season-opener at Memphis, the Horned Frogs topped the field of nine by nearly 100 points. TCU fired a 2,349 in smallbore and a 2,379 in air rifle. Both marks tied for the second-highest scores in program history.
Mindy Miles paced the field with an impressive 590 in smallbore. She was followed closely by Elizabeth Marsh, who fired a 589, the highest score ever fired by a freshman in their first collegiate match. Casey Lutz and Rachel Garner each contributed a 585. Catherine Miller fired a personal-best 579.
Miles also set the standard with a 599 in air rifle, with her only miss coming in the fifth string of 10 shots. Lutz finished second among shooters, tying her personal best with a 595, followed by Garner’s 593, Marsh’s 592 and Miller’s 591.
The Frogs turned in the top five individual aggregate scores. Miles set a personal best with a 1,189 as did Miller with her 1,170. In her first collegiate match, Marsh posted an aggregate score of 1,181.
Sunday at Ole Miss saw the Horned Frogs continued their strong showing on the range. TCU fired a 2,381 in air rifle, the second-highest mark in program history, and a 2,345 in smallbore, a mark that is tied for the sixth-best in program history.
Miles dominated the smallbore field, firing a 595, the second-highest mark in program history. Lutz shot a 585, followed by Garner’s 583 and Ariana Grabowski’s 582. Not factoring in the team score, but Emily Haag fired a personal-best 574.
Personal bests were tied and set on the air rifle range. Miles set the standard with a 598. Garner tied her personal best with a 597, while Lutz established a personal best with a 596. Also tying their career-highs were Grabowski (590) and Rachel Kimbell (586).
After posting a personal-best aggregate score on Saturday, Miles topped herself with the second-highest aggregate in program history with a 1,193.
TCU returns to the range Saturday when it travels to The Citadel.
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