TCU Wins Tight Match Over Alaska-Fairbanks

Mindy Miles

Oct. 20, 2014


FORT WORTH - A historic air rifle score from freshman Mindy Miles and two personal-bests from Katie Bridges helped pave the way for a 4,670-4,663 TCU win over Alaska-Fairbanks on Sunday.

Miles' 597 (100-99-100-100-99-99) came in just her third collegiate match. It ties for ninth in program history. 2012 London Olympian Sarah Scherer has 11 of the other 12 instances where an individual posted a 597 or higher in the discipline, while Sarah Beard holds the other spot. Miles has improved in each match this season, shooting a 588 in her first match against Army and 591 at West Virginia.

Bridges posted a 582 in air rifle and a 578 in smallbore for a 1,160 aggregate tally. Her scores in air rifle and smallbore were personal bests, while her aggregate score tied her career high set at the PRC Championships on Feb. 8.

Playing a huge role in the Frogs' win over the Nanooks was Ariana Grabowski's perfomance in smallbore. For only the second time in her shooting career, she posted a score in the 580's, firing a 583 to lead all TCU shooters in the discipline. The mark tied the Nanooks' Soren Butler for the top score in the match.

Nicholle Benedict and Barrett Ray also set smallbore career-highs with 578 and 563, respectively. Aside from Bridges, Miles (1,169), Grabowski (1,163) and Benedict (1,154) also reached new career plateaus. Claudia Duksa also set a new season standard for herself with a 577 in air rifle and 1,143 in aggregate score.

The Horned Frogs (2-1) as a team have improved their smallbore score each match of the season while hitting right at 2,356 in air rifle every time out.

Hannah Black posted a 592 in air rifle and still leads the team with a 593 average on the season. Miles is now second at 592.

Black was unable to compete in smallbore following a luggage error on her flight home from Houston after being in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the 11th Championship of the Americas. While at that event, she fired a 582 in the 50m Rifle 3-Position event, which is the minimum qualifying score for Olympic competition. She would have finished in a tie for second, including a tie for first among USA shooters, if she were in the full event.

The Nanooks also got their own 597 by way of Sagen Maddalena.  ]Butler was their top aggregate finisher with a 1,171, helped by a team-high 583 in smallbore.

The Horned Frogs will return to action on Sunday in Murray, Ky. Murray State will host a three-team competition that will also feature a nationally-ranked Jacksonville State squad.



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