Wednesday, March 4, 2009

JSU's best shot for a national title

Jacksonville State’s small bore and air rifle teams qualified for the 2009 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championship.

The event is March 13-14 in Fort Worth at the TCU Rifle Range and Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

A total of 48 competitors were selected for the championships. The top eight teams in both the smallbore three-position and air rifle events were selected based on the average of the three highest regular-season aggregate scores with no more than one match at any given site. The average of the three highest scores was added to the aggregate scores from the designated qualifiers to determine the top eight teams.

The Gamecocks shot 2,327 in the smallbore and 2,344 in the air rifle at the NCAA Sectionals. Brian Carstensen was JSU’s top shooter with 588 points in the smallbore.

They will be joined in the field by Alaska-Fairbanks, Kentucky, Nevada-Reno, TCU, Army, Navy and West Virginia.

Individual and team competitions in smallbore three-position (60 shots) will be held March 13. Individual and team competitions in air rifle (60 shots) will be held March 14. The overall team champion will be determined by combining the smallbore and air rifle team totals into one aggregate score for each institution.

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