FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Three different Miners eclipsed 570 to help the UTEP rifle team produce a season-high 2290 in the smallbore portion of the 2019 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships at Alaska Fairbanks Saturday.
The effort surpasses the prior campaign best (2285) by five and ties as the second-best score in the discipline in the past six years at the school. Additionally, it serves as the program’s highest smallbore score at the championships in the Miners’ fifth year as a member of the conference. UTEP’s previous highwater mark for smallbore at the PRC championships was 2275 in 2016.
“We showed up today,” UTEP head coach Austin Litherland said. “I’m super proud of the team, but we cannot forget that there is still another day of competition. Our sights will now be for tomorrow’s air rifle portion. Go Miners!”
Freshman Morgahn Warner paced the squad by firing 579, which was just three points shy of earning her a spot in the finals for individuals. Sophomore Jessica Boyce shot a 573 while junior Mara Rouse registered a 571.
Sophomore Samantha Miller shot her best score of the season (567), which also matched her career high that was set during the 2017-18 campaign. Freshman Josephine John recorded a 561 while senior Maranda Nelson finished at 557.
The second and final day of the championships will be held on Sunday, with the air rifle competition taking center stage.