November 7, 2011

The Citadel Rifle Team Captures First Place in SEARC 4 Competition

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Bulldog Rifle team shot a team score of 2243 to take first place in the fourth Southeastern Air Rifle conference match of the season on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Spartanburg, S.C. The first-place finish is the Bulldogs' first since capturing the conference title in March of last season.

Four of the Bulldogs' top seven shooters were freshman on Saturday, including Cadet Robert Jackson, who took the individual crown, firing a personal and season-best of 570. Behind Jackson was William Wutzer (4th place, 563), senior captain Kristofer Small (9th place, 557), Ashten Byrne (12th place, 548), Matthew Bernard (T-17th place, 544), Nathaniel Moy (T-17th place, 544), Richard Hunton III (19th place, 537), Hunter Parrish (27th place, 517) and Narisa Lopez (32nd place, 503).

Junior captain Julia McCullohs and teammate Terri Craig were unable to attend the match due to military duties. The one-two punch of McCullohs and Craig has led the Bulldog women in every match of the season thus far.

On the men's side, the story has continued to be the outstanding play of the freshman marksmen. A freshman shooter has led The Citadel shooters in each of the first five competitions this season.

Competition

Leader

Score

Class

SEARC 1

William Wutzer

562

Freshman

SEARC 2/ The Citadel Invitational

Robert Jackson

568

Freshman

UAB

Robert Jackson

568

Freshman

SEARC 3

William Wutzer

561

Freshman

SEARC 4

Robert Jackson

570

Freshman


The Citadel Rifle team will now host an Alumni Drop-in exhibition during Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 12-13, where former rifle athletes can come to the Daniel K. Inouye Marksmanship Center and watch the shooters compete against each other in an exhibition match. Bulldog Rifle will continue match play again on Jan. 14, 2012 when they head to Oxford, Miss., to take on Ole Miss in an open NCAA match.

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