Rifle Represents at National Championships

July 7, 2016

FORT WORTH – Twelve current, incoming and former members of the TCU rifle team recently competed at the USA Shooting National Championships held in Fort Benning, Ga.

Current and incoming Horned Frogs Nicholle Benedict, Rachel Garner, Ariana Grabowski, Emily Haag, Casey Lutz, Mindy Miles, Catherine Miller and Barrett Ray were competing along side former Frogs Hannah Black, Kelly Bogart, Erin Lorenzen (McNeil) and Sarah Scherer.

Miles had an outstanding championship, making it to the awards podium four times and qualifying for all four finals. The USA High School All-Americans were also announced at the championships and incoming freshman Catherine Miller received USA High School All-American honors in Air Rifle.

They all participated in the three National Championship events, each of which featured an Open Women’s Championship in addition to a Junior Women’s Championship. The group fired in the air rifle championship, the 50 Meter Smallbore Prone championship and the 50 Meter Smallbore 3-Position championship.

The air rifle event featured 93 competitors that fired two scores over a two day period. Miles finished as the runner up in both the Open and Junior Air Rifle National Championships. She fired a two-day score of 838.1, including a day two-high of 418.4, just 0.6 points better than Scherer’s third place finish.

Lutz fired a personal-best 417.8 on day two en route to placing first in the “A” class with a two-day score of 827.9. Here efforts garnered her a fifth place finish. Rounding out the top 10 was Garner’s two-day total of 825.8. Ray fired a pair of personal-bests of 412.8 and 412.3 to turn in a 13th place finish.

The efforts of Miles, Lutz and Garner earned them a spot in the top 10 in the air rifle junior championships. Miles finished second, Lutz in fourth and Garner in sixth.

Ariana Grabowski was TCU’s top performer in the 50 Meter smallbore prone championship. Her two-day score of 1,239.1 earned her a bronze medal. She turned in a day two score of 621.5, which was the third-highest score fired in the championships.

Ray earned her first-ever USA Shooting National Championship medal after finishing first in the “A” Class. Her two-day score of 1,226.7 put her in seventh place overall. Boosting her effort was a personal best mark of 618.3 on the first day of competition.

Incoming freshman Emily Haag also earned a medal, taking home the top spot in the “B” Class and finishing 12th overall with a score of 1,215.7.

TCU was well-represented on the 50 Meter Smallbore 3-Position leader board. Out of 96 competitors at the end of day one, five of the top 10 performers were Horned Frogs, while three others were in the top 20. Miles sat second after shooting a 585, while Scherer was close behind with a 580 in third. Grabowski sat sixth with a 580, Black seventh with a 579 and Lorenzen-McNeil ninth with a 578.

Scherer boosted herself to the gold medal with a day two-best 589 giving her a two-day score of 1,172. Miles earned a bronze medal with a two-day score of 1,166. Black rounded out the top 10 with a championship score of 1,156.

TCU made its mark in the standing position as the top four standing scores over the two days were Horned Frogs.

Also earning medals in the event were Grabowski and Ray. Grabowski finished second in the “A” Class followed closely by Ray, who was third in the “A” Class. Miles took home a silver medal in the junior championship, while Garner finished fifth.



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