The Murray State rifle team picked up two wins against OVC competitions this weekend with a 4716-4656 win over Jacksonville State Saturday and a 4652-4582 win over UT Martin Sunday, both at Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray, Kentucky. The Racers’ total Saturday is currently the second-highest aggregate score in the nation this season.
Barbara Schläpfer had a career day Saturday firing a season-best 590 in smallbore and tying school records in air rifle and aggregate at 598 and 1188. All three of Schläpfer’s scores on the day were team season highs, as were the team scores of 2349 in smallbore and 2367 in air rifle.
Shelby Huber also had a big day with personal bests of 587 in smallbore and 1176 in aggregate to go along with a 589 air rifle score. MacKenzie Martin used a 586 smallbore and a 591 air rifle to finish with an 1177, while Alathea Sellars went 586 and 589 for an 1175.
It was a great team effort Saturday,” said head coach Alan Lollar. “We have been training well and the team did a good job staying consistent on match day. Barbara had a great day, tying two school records, while Kenzie was solid and Eric had a nice day. Shelby and Alathea both were solid and are really beginning to see the consistency we need, while Anna also had a nice air rifle day with a 590.”
On Sunday, Sellars paced the Racers with a 581 and 592 for a match-high 1162 aggregate. Eric Sloan paired his 585 air rifle score with a season-best 57 in smallbore for season-high of 1155. Kelcy McGrath turned in a 589 in air rifle and was followed by Anna Scheer and Meike Drewell who both shot a 586. In smallbore, Huber was again solid with a 571, while Dane Buesseler had a 578.
“On Sunday, we needed to rest some people with some aches and pains, along with Kenzie getting ready to go to Mexico next week for the Championships of the Americas,” said Lollar. “We had a good team smallbore with a 2300 and Alathea was again solid with a 581. It’s different when they know the outcome depends on them and they are learning to handle the responsibility and expectations.”
The Racers return to action this weekend with two days of action at Ohio State.