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Miners Prep For 2018 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships With Triangular Match

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co.- The UTEP rifle team tuned up for the 2018 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships by firing an aggregate of 4579 in a triangular match with host Air Force (4684) and Alaska Fairbanks (4670) on Saturday.

“Today’s match was a good warm-up going into the start of our conference match tomorrow,” UTEP head coach Hannah Muegge said. “We were short a shooter today, as Bailey was out of play, but overall there were a lot of improvements made throughout the day and the team is excited and ready to apply them this weekend.”

Sophomore Abby Monique shot her third-highest aggregate (1151) of the campaign. She registered a 573 in smallbore and a 578 in air rifle to eclipse her seasonal average in both disciplines.

Sophomore Mara Rouse posted a season-high aggregate of 1149. She recorded a 570 in smallbore and then fired a campaign-best 579 in air rifle.

Junior Maranda Nelson produced an aggregate of 1146, notching her second-highest score (563) of the season in both smallbore and in air rifle (583).

Freshman Jessica Boyce finished with an aggregate of 1133, using a 555 in smallbore and 578 in air rifle.

Freshman Samantha Miller compiled an aggregate of 1118, tallying 546 in smallbore and 572 in air rifle.

The Miners will be back on the range for the smallbore portion of the 2018 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships on Saturday. The air rifle competition will be held on Sunday.

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