The fifth-ranked Murray State rifle team continued its strong start to the season Friday by shooting a season-high 4694 to defeat both Georgia Southern and UAB at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center in Oxford, Mississippi.
“I was real happy with the match overall, as we shot a little better than last week,” said head coach Alan Lollar post-match. “Once again, we were very consistent in smallbore, putting three people over 580 out of the counters. Air rifle was a little more consistent for us today than it was last week, so I was happy to see that. Barbara and Kenzie had nice days with Barbara doing well in air rifle and the both of them being very consistent in smallbore. I am really proud of Kelcy’s effort today. Even though she is only a freshman, she did a nice job of stepping up and helping us in air rifle and she is someone who will contribute for us throughout the year, I think, in a big way.”
After not shooting air rifle in the season opener, senior Barbara Schläpfer shot a 585 in smallbore and a 594 in air rifle to lead the Racers with an aggregate of 1179. Fellow senior MacKenzie Martin led all shooters in smallbore with 586, while Schläpfer was next, followed by junior Shelby Huber, who was just two shots off Martin at 584.
In air rifle, freshman Kelcy McGrath added eight shots to her total against UT Martin by firing an impressive match-high 595. Schläpfer was next in line for Murray State at 594, while Martin was third with a 589.
McGrath ended the day just three shots back from Schläpfer in aggregate at 1176, improving on her week one score by 19 shots. Martin was just a point behind McGrath at 1175, while Huber was fourth for MSU at 1168.
Next up for the Racers is a new addition to the schedule, the inaugural Kentucky Long Rifle Match hosted by Kentucky Oct. 13 in Lexington. The match will be a tri-match between the three Commonwealth schools that sponsor NCAA Rifle; the Racers, the Wildcats and Morehead State. The winner will receive a traveling trophy that is an actual, non-firing Kentucky long rifle.