The top-ranked Murray State rifle team swept both days of action at Ohio State University in Columbus by winning the 2018 Buckeye Open Saturday and then defeating the host Buckeyes in dual match Sunday. The Racers shot a 4682 in the Buckeye Open, followed by a 4679 in the dual match.
“We had a good weekend at Ohio State,” said head coach Alan Lollar. “We are getting some experience where it is needed and it will pay off in the future. You have to see people perform under pressure in order to be able to prepare for the future and every match is a building block for the next match. We learn, apply the lessons and improve, one step at a time.”
“Barbara was amazing again on Saturday,” Lollar continued. “I can’t say enough about her work ethic and preparation. Alathea was solid again on Saturday and Dana had a good smallbore and Anna turned in a fine air rifle. On Sunday, Barbara had a solid smallbore and we rested her in air rifle. I liked the way we competed on Sunday because we learning things and getting better.”
“Air Rifle on Sunday was important because it gave us a chance to feel the pressure and discomfort you need to handle in order to compete for a championship and I thought we did well. We have work to do, but overall it was a good weekend. Alathea was solid and Anna posted a nice score as a counter, while Shelby had a good air rifle day. He is someone who is very close to breaking out in a big way.”
On Saturday, senior Barbara Schläpfer fired the first 599 in air rifle in school history to lead the Racers. When paired with her solid smallbore score, Schläpfer’s aggregate of 1189 was also a new school record, as well as the highest individual score in the nation so far this season.
Alathea Sellars followed Schläpfer with a 593 in air and a 579 in smallbore for a total off 1172. As a team, Murray State shot a 2321 in smallbore and a 2361 in air rifle.
On Sunday, the Racers turned a 2320 team effort in smallbore and 2359 in air rifle. Sellars paced the Racers with a 581 smallbore and a 594 air rifle for a match high 1175 aggregate. Anna Scheer and Shelby Huber were also solid for the Racers with and 1166 and 1163, respectively. Scheer had a smallbore of 577 and an air of 589, while Huber followed at 572 and 591. Schläpfer only shot smallbore Sunday, but was still consistent with a 591.
Next up, the Racers will travel to Ole Miss on November 17 for the final match of the fall portion of their schedule.