FAIRBANKS, Ak – The UTEP rifle team (4565) was dispatched by Nevada (4647) in its final standard match of the season on the campus on Alaska-Fairbanks Thursday.
“Today we had some personal bests but even with those scores we were off,” UTEP head coach Austin Litherland said. “We have one more day before conference. We will see what was off and fix it. Mental game is key to success, and that is the focus before conference.”
Sophomore Jessica Boyce registered a team-high aggregate of 1155, aided by a career-best 575 in smallbore. She also shot 580 in air rifle. Sophomore Samantha Miller produced an aggregate of 1145, including a campaign-high tying 565 in smallbore. She added a 580 in air rifle.
Freshman Josephine John checked in with an aggregate of 1134, including a career-best 568 in smallbore. She tallied 566 in air rifle.
Senior Maranda Nelson finished with an aggregate of 1132, using a 552 in smallbore and 580 in air rifle. Freshman Morgahn Warner compiled an aggregate of 1131, shooting 557 in smallbore and 574 in air rifle. Junior Mara Rouse concluded with an aggregate of 1128, notching 561 in smallbore and 1128 in air rifle.
The Miners will have one day to regroup before beginning competition at the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships. The smallbore portion of the event will be held Saturday, with air rifle slated for Sunday.