COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The UTEP rifle team fired the highest aggregate (4622) at the school in five years while competing alongside Air Force (4673) and Nevada (4643) in a triangular meet Saturday. The Miners turned in the seventh-best team score (2342) in program history in air rifle while also setting a season high in smallbore (2280).
“I’m very proud of the determination that this team had in today’s match,” UTEP head coach Hannah Muegge said. “We went to the line and made our shots count resulting in eight personal bests. The team is very much looking forward to continuing this progress tomorrow as we compete in a second match with Air Force and Nevada.”
Freshman Abby Monique got off to a good start by equaling her career high (576) in smallbore during the first relay. She stayed locked in during air rifle by establishing a personal best (585) in the discipline. The effort allowed her to break her aggregate career score (1161) for the third straight match.
Senior Rachael Schoenrock recorded 569 in smallbore and 584 in air rifle to wrap up the day with an aggregate of 1153.
Freshman Bailey Powell set a personal standard in smallbore (569) while adding a solid score in air rifle (583) for a career-best aggregate (1152). It marked the third time in as many competitions that Powell has set a career high for aggregate.
Sophomore transfer Maranda Nelson set personal bests in both smallbore (567) and air rifle (580) to finish with the highest aggregate (1147) of her career. Freshman Mara Rouse was in top form as well, setting career highs in smallbore (566), air rifle (580) and aggregate (1146). She used a borrowed rifle in air rifle after hers malfunctioned.
Sophomore Haylee Schoenrock shot her third-best smallbore score (565) of her career before matching her personal high in air rifle (578). The quality effort in both disciplines allowed her to finish with a career-high aggregate (1143).
Senior Jessica Kinder was called upon to compete in the air rifle portion of the match. She delivered a brilliant performance with a career-high 590.
The Miners will wrap up their stay in Colorado by sharing the range with Air Force and Nevada for the second time in as many days Sunday.