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UTEP Rifle Welcomes Nevada, Alaska-Fairbanks In NCAA Qualifier Saturday

The UTEP rifle team will play host to Nevada and Alaska-Fairbanks in its NCAA Qualifier match beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free and there will be breakfast for fans as part of UTEP’s celebration for National Girls & Women In Sports Week.

The match is the final on tap for the regular season for the Miners, with members of the squad vying to qualify as an individual for the 2019 NCAA Championships (March 8-9).

“Saturday is our last home match of the season,” UTEP head coach Austin Litherland said. “I have watched the team at every match grow more and more. We are very excited to host Alaska and Reno for the final time this year.”

The Miners are coming off their best score (4610) in five years of competition at the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships (Feb. 3-4). The aggregate (4610) was one shy of a campaign high. UTEP shot a season-best 2290 in smallbore (Feb. 3) before producing a solid score of 2320 in air rifle (Feb. 4).

Sophomore Jessica Boyce has accounted for a team-leading aggregate of 1152, including a squad-best 583 in air rifle. She shares the top spot for smallbore average (570) with freshman Morgahn Warner. Overall Warner’s average aggregate (1145) is second on the squad, with the aforementioned 570 in smallbore and 575 in air rifle.

Junior Mara Rouse is close behind (1145), which is aided by the second-best air rifle average (578) on the squad. Rouse checks in with an average smallbore score of 566. Senior Maranda Nelson (1137), sophomore Samantha Miller (1135) and freshman Josephine John (1124) also have made contributions this season.

For fans unable to make it out to the UTEP Rifle Range, which is located in the military sciences building, there will be live stats available online.

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UTEP Rifle To Compete In Patriot Rifle Conference Championships

The UTEP rifle team will take part in the two-day Patriot Rifle Conference Championships on the campus of Alaska-Fairbanks Saturday and Sunday.

The smallbore portion of the competition will be contested Saturday, with the air rifle discipline slated to be shot on Sunday.

“Tomorrow is a day we will compete against all teams within the Patriot Rifle Conference,” UTEP head coach Austin Litherland said. “Today we are relaxing and focusing in on the next two days of competition. I’m excited to see what the team does tomorrow and look forward to seeing the other teams.”

The Miners enter the event with an average aggregate of 4583 (2267 smallbore, 2316 air rifle) on the season. Their top aggregate score in the event came in 2016 (4594). For the individual disciplines, UTEP’s best total in smallbore at the championships was in 2016 (2275) while its top readout in air rifle at the event was in 2017 (2342).

In terms of individual performance at the conference’s pinnacle event, Amy Bock set the standard for both smallbore (583) and aggregate (1160) in 2016. Bailey Powell and Jessica Kinder hold UTEP’s mark at the championships in air rifle (592), which happened in 2017.

Regarding the current Miners, Maranda Nelson and Mara Rouse will each be shooting at the event for the third time while it will be the second appearance for both Jessica Boyce and Samantha Miller.

The championships will be held at the Alaska Airlines Court in the Patty Center, with the first of two relays beginning each day at 12 p.m. MT. The finals for smallbore will commence at 4:45 p.m. MT Saturday while air rifle finals will get underway at 4 p.m. MT Sunday.

The two-day event will be free and open to the public and will be livestreamed on the Alaska Nanooks Stretch Internet Portal.

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Boyce Paces UTEP Rifle Against Nevada

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.

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Boyce Paces UTEP Rifle Against TCU

Sophomore Jessica Boyce fired a team-high aggregate of 1155 to lead the UTEP rifle team (4581) against TCU (4700) at the UTEP rifle range Saturday. It was the first match for the Miners since November 17.

“The girls put in real work today,” UTEP head coach Austin Litherland said. “Coming back from break motivated, nervous, but most of all excited. To them this was a match that brings the confidence back, and they certainly did that. They now will be putting their sights on the next match and keep moving forward.”

Boyce registered 570 in smallbore and 585 in air rifle to set the tone for the Orange and Blue. Junior Mara Rouse and freshman Morgahn Warner followed with an aggregate of 1142. Warner compiled 571 in both disciplines while Rouse shot 567 in smallbore and 575 in air rifle.

Senior Maranda Nelson checked in with an aggregate of 1140, finishing with 560 in smallbore and 580 in air rifle. It marked her third-highest air rifle tally of the season.

Sophomore Samantha Miller produced an aggregate of 1119, finishing at 546 in smallbore and 573 in air rifle. Freshman Josephine John recorded an aggregate of 1116, tallying 552 in smallbore and 564 in air rifle.

UTEP will be back in action on the road against Nevada on Thursday.

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UTEP Rifle To Play Host To TCU Saturday

The UTEP rifle team will return to the range to play host to TCU at the UTEP rifle range at 8:30 a.m. MT Saturday.

“We are super excited to be hosting TCU this weekend,” UTEP head coach Austin Litherland said. “The team has been come back well rested and with more energy and focus than ever. It’s like they got their second wind and ready to push themselves for the last part of the season. A coach will always be proud to see 100 percent from their team and that’s exactly what I’m seeing.”

Admission is free. It is the first match for the Miners since November 17

Sophomore Jessica Boyce led the Miners during the fall portion of the campaign, registering a team-high aggregate average of 1152. Aiding that was an average score of 583 in air rifle, which also topped the squad.

Junior Mara Rouse and freshman Morgahn Warner shared second on the team with an average aggregate of 1145, followed by senior Maranda Nelson (1138), sophomore Samantha Miller (1135) and freshman Josephine John (1123).

UTEP was particularly strong in air rifle, with all six active members topping 570 in average for air rifle.

Saturday’s match is one of just two remaining home dates for the Orange and Blue, who will also play host to Nevada and Alaska-Fairbanks on February 16 for their NCAA Qualifier.

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UTEP Rifle To Play Host To Nevada Saturday

The UTEP rifle team will play host to Nevada on Saturday (8:30 a.m. MT). Admission to the match is free, which will be held at the UTEP rifle range.

“We are real excited about Nevada coming to our range,” UTEP head coach Austin Litherland said. “For this match our mission in practice was to build mental stamina. We have been doing mental drills at practice to build that stamina in a match. The team has pushed themselves so that they can compete in a rifle mental marathon.”

The Miners enter the match on the heels of firing a season-high 4594 to defeat the Wolf Pack (4589) as part of a tri-angular match at Air Force on Oct. 13. Aiding in that victory was a campaign-best 2324 in air rifle.

Sophomore Jessica Boyce paces the Orange and Blue in averages for smallbore (569), air rifle (584) and aggregate (1153). Junior Mara Rouse ranks second on the squad across the board, checking in with averages of 565 in smallbore, 579 for air rifle and 1144 in aggregate. Helping those figures was a campaign-best 584 in air rifle last time out at Air Force on Oct. 14.

Senior Maranda Nelson has produced an aggregate average of 1139 in 2018-19. She notched a career-high aggregate (1161) in the tri-angular match with Air Force and Nevada on Oct. 13. Freshman Morgahn Warner also is coming on strong, having registered a career best in both air rifle (579) and aggregate (1144) on Oct. 13. Overall on the year she has recorded an average aggregate of 1135.

Sophomore Samantha Miller enters this weekend with an average aggregate of 1129. She has eclipsed 570 in air rifle in back-to-back matches for the first time this year, including a campaign-high 577 at Air Force on Oct. 14. Freshman Josephine John competed exclusively in air rifle the past two matches. Overall on the year, she sports an aggregate average of 1124.

For individuals unable to make it out to the range, live stats are available online.

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UTEP Concludes Patriot Rifle Conference Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co.- The UTEP rifle fired a 2321 in air rifle on the second and final day of the 2018 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships. Overall the Miners finish the event with a two-day aggregate of 4570.

TCU (4697) took home the title, followed by host Air Force (4670), Alaska Fairbanks (4667), Ohio State (4660), Nevada (4645) and UTEP.

Freshman Jessica Boyce fired a career-high 587 to bring her aggregate to 1153, which is one shy of her campaign high. Fellow classmate Samantha Miller followed suit with a personal-high 579 to cap the championships with an aggregate of 1128.

Junior Maranda Nelson registered a 581, tying her third-best effort of her career in the process. Overall she notched an aggregate of 1135.

Sophomore Mara Rouse recorded a score of 574 to wrap up the competition with an aggregate of 1127. Sophomore Abby Monique finished at 568 on the way to an aggregate of 1135.

The Miners will now be idle until playing host to Nevada in their NCAA Qualifier on Feb. 17. The match will be held at the UTEP rifle range and admission is free to the public.

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UTEP Rifle Set For Busy Weekend In Colorado

The UTEP rifle team is set to partake in a busy weekend of action in Colorado Springs, Colo., with a triangular match vs. Alaska Fairbanks and Air Force on Friday and the 2018 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships slated for Saturday and Sunday.

The smallbore portion will be held Saturday and air rifle will be on Sunday.

Sophomore Bailey Powell headlines the efforts for the Miners, pacing them in season averages for smallbore (573), air rifle (588) and aggregate (1161).

Freshman Jessica Boyce sports an aggregate average of 1144, including 564 in smallbore and 580 in air rifle. She is coming off a career-high 570 in smallbore against Jacksonville State on Jan. 28.

Sophomore Abby Monique is rounding into form, having fired campaign-high aggregates of 1155 in back-to-back matches on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. Helping that score was a persona-best 588 last time out vs. Jacksonville State on Jan. 28.

Junior Maranda Nelson enters the weekend with a season aggregate average of 1137, using a 562 average in air rifle and an average of 575 in smallbore.

Sophomore Mara Rouse has a campaign aggregate average of 1135, with a 566 average in smallbore and a 569 average in air rifle. She did not, though, compete in the Miners’ opening weekend of the spring portion of the schedule.

Freshman Samantha Miller carries an average aggregate of 1126 into the action-packed weekend. Last time out vs. Jacksonville State, she matched her career high in air rifle with a score of 578.

UTEP Rifle Team Edged by Alaska-Fairbanks Friday

The UTEP rifle team was edged by visiting Alaska-Fairbanks, 4664-4576, at the UTEP rifle range in the Miners’ 2017-18 fall finale on Friday.

“Today’s match marked the halfway point of our season,” UTEP head coach Hannah Muegge said. “I am thoroughly impressed with how much this squad has learned since we started back in September. Our match demeanor has never looked better but we know there is still room for improvement. We’ve seen many personal bests throughout this Fall segment. Our focus when the team returns to action in January will be to take those strong individual scores and tie them together as a team effort.”

Sophomore Bailey Powell led the Orange and Blue with an aggregate of 1157. She recorded a 569 in smallbore and a 588 in air rifle.

Sophomore Abby Monique posted an aggregate of 1145. She fired a 568 in smallbore and a 577 in air rifle.

Junior Maranda Nelson finished with an aggregate of 1134. She registered a 562 in smallbore and a 572 in air rifle.

Freshman Jessica Boyce turned in an aggregate of 1132. She used a score of 555 in smallbore and a 577 in air rifle.

Freshman Samantha Miller compiled an aggregate of 1126. She notched a 556 in smallbore and a 570 in air rifle.

Sophomore Mara Rouse tallied an aggregate of 1123. She shot a 563 in smallbore and a 560 in air rifle.

The Miners will be back in action with triangular match against TCU and Jacksonville State on Jan. 27 at the UTEP rifle range. UTEP will then wrap-up the weekend at home against Jacksonville State on Jan. 28.

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UTEP Rifle Fires Second-Highest Score Of Season At TCU

FT WORTH, Texas- The UTEP rifle team fired its second-highest score of the season in a 4707-4592 loss at TCU Saturday.

Sophomore Bailey Powell paced the Orange and Blue with an aggregate of 1161. She recorded a score of 569 in smallbore before unleashing a season-high 592 in air rifle.

Sophomore Abby Monique shot a campaign-best aggregate of 1150. She registered a 570 in smallbore and fired a season-high 580 in air rifle.

Sophomore Mara Rouse finished with an aggregate of 1138. She posted a 570 in smallbore and tallied a 568 in air rifle.

Freshman Jessica Boyce compiled an aggregate of 1136. She checked in at 560 in smallbore and shot a 576 in air rifle.

Junior Maranda Nelson recorded an aggregate of 1135, using a 562 in smallbore and a 573 in air rifle.

Freshman Samantha Miller produced an aggregate of 1125. She shot a 557 in smallbore and notched a total of 568 in air rifle.

UTEP will return to action when it plays host to Alaska-Fairbanks on Friday. Admission is free with the match being held at the UTEP Rifle Range inside the Military Sciences building. Smallbore starts at 9 a.m. and air rifle commences at 11:45 a.m.

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UTEP Rifle To Celebrate 10.9 Day Monday (Oct. 9)

In conjunction with USA Shooting and in celebration of “10.9 day,” the UTEP rifle team will be opening its range to fellow Miner student-athletes, members of the UTEP Athletic Department, students and fans on Monday (Oct.9).

The range will be open from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. for individuals who want to experience the sport first-hand. The event will take place at the UTEP Rifle Range, located in the Military Science Building.

The first 50 participants that take part will receive a UTEP Rifle shirt. Participants will also be entered into a raffle to win a UTEP Rifle Basket. Paydirt Pete will also be there to celebrate the occasion from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

“This event means so much to me because it’s a great way for the team to share their passion for rifle with our fans and community,” UTEP head coach Hannah Muegge said. “Our first time hosting the event in 2015, we didn’t know what to expect. I think at the end of the day, we had roughly 125 people come out and participate. We are very excited to able to continue our 10.9 Day tradition.”

This is the third time that UTEP Rifle has held this event to honor “10.9 day,” to bring awareness to the sport where 10.9 is the highest mark on a single shot a shooter can achieve during a match. USA Shooting has declared Oct.9 (10/9) a holiday for rifle teams around the country.

Individuals who are interested in following along the celebration can follow the @uteprifle page on Twitter and Instagram. Participants are also encouraged to take pictures of the event and share on the UTEP Rifle Facebook Page with the #Ten9Day.

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Powell Leads Way For UTEP Rifle In Season Opener Vs. Nevada

The UTEP rifle team fired an aggregate of 4581 while visiting Nevada finished with an aggregate of 4677 in the 2017-18 season opener for both squads at the UTEP rifle range Saturday.

The Miners finished with a score of 2263 in smallbore while tallying 2318 air rifle.

“Today’s ultimate was to give each shot our best effort, and I believe we achieved that,” UTEP head coach Hannah Muegge said. “We still have a few things we need to fine tune for our match at Nevada but it feels good to get a match under our belt, especially for freshmen. I’m very impressed with our how well we handled ourselves on the range today, and we’re looking forward to getting back to work next week.”

Sophomore Bailey Powell set the tone for the team by finishing with the third-highest aggregate (1158) of her career. She started things off by recording her second-best smallbore score (572) before tallying a quality effort of 586 in air rifle to round out the day.

Freshman Jessica Boyce and Sophomore Abby Monique followed by both finishing with an aggregate of 1140. Monique used the Miners’ second-highest smallbore score (566) of the day to go along with a 574 in air rifle to finish at 1140. Boyce checked in at 564 in smallbore while recording a 576 in air rifle.

Junior Maranda Nelson competed exclusively in air rifle. She made it count by notching a career-high 581 in the discipline.
Sophomore Mara Rouse compiled an aggregate of 1136. She registered 561 in smallbore and carded a 575 in air rifle.

Freshman Samantha Miller finished with an aggregate of 1118 debut on her first match as a Miner. She shot a 549 in smallbore before firing a 569 in air rifle.

UTEP will continue its campaign when it travels to compete at Nevada on Oct. 14 (smallbore) and Oct. 15 (air rifle).

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UTEP Rifle Adds To Signing Class With Prep Standout Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller inked a national letter of intent to attend school and compete with the UTEP rifle team beginning with the 2017-18 season, head coach Hannah Muegge revealed Monday.

Miller is the second individual for the 2017 signing class, joining Jessica Boyce.

“As we continue to build our roster for the 2017-18 season, Samantha Miller brings both a good attitude and a high level of motivation to the table,” Muegge said. “She has some great expectations set coming into the program and will help push us to achieve our team goals both on and off the range.”

Miller, understandably so, is thrilled with the chance to become a Miner.

“Being a Miner to me means that I get to continue on in a sport I love and have a passion for,” Miller said. “The best part is I will be with a shooting team that will become family. I will have support behind me all the time, as I will support them. I will have a coach who is there for me to help me with my problems while getting an education for something later in life. I can’t wait to join the Miner family.”

Below is a brief bio on Miller

Samantha Miller competes with the Los Alamos High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC)

… garnered the “Distinguished Shooter Badge” in 2016

… part of the Navy National Championship team in both 2015 and 2016

… secured the 2016 overall individual Navy Precision Champion while grabbing runner-up honors in 2017

… took home the 2017 New Mexico overall Precision Champion and the 2016 New Mexico 5A Precision Champion

… qualified for the Junior Olympics in air rifle in 2015, 2016 and 2017 while also doing so for smallbore in 2017

… at the 2017 event she finished 44th in a field of nearly 200 in air rifle while placing 51st in smallbore

… also qualified for American Legion in 2017 … has been shooting for five years

… fell in love with the sport while shooting on the range with her older brother during his senior year of high school

… plans to major in nursing at UTEP … on track to graduate from Los Alamos HS in June.

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UTEP Rifle Gains Experience At 2017 USA Shooting National Junior Olympics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – UTEP rifle team members Abby Monique (smallbore and air rifle) Mara Rouse, Maranda Nelson and Bailey Powell (air rifle only) recently had an amazing opportunity for growth by being invited to compete at the 2017 USA Shooting National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Miners interacted with and shared the range with some of the best shooters in the sport, including 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s Air Rifle gold medalist Ginny Thrasher.

It marked the first such trip to the event for Rouse while Monique and Powell made their third and Nelson her fourth. The Miners performed admirably, placing three individuals among the top 75 (in a field of nearly 200) in the 10m air rifle.

In order to attend the Junior Olympics, athletes who are under the age of 20 (junior-aged athletes), must compete in a state junior Olympic Shooting championship match and receive an invitation to compete by meeting either an automatic score or win the athlete’s respective state title.

“It was very exciting to have all four of our junior aged athletes qualify and compete at the Junior Olympic Shooting Championships representing UTEP,” UTEP head coach Hannah Muegge said. “I’d like to thank our UTEP parents who came out and supported all of our athletes, in addition to those back home who followed along online. In the collegiate category, we definitely had one of the largest showings at this match. I could not ask for a better support system.”

Powell was exceptional, finishing in 14th place (out of a field of 180) in the 10m air rifle. She was particularly strong on the first day of action with her score (413) placing her eighth heading to the second day.

Monique represented the Orange and Blue in the smallbore. She recorded a score of 1120 to land in the upper-echelon of the field with a 31st-place finish. She also joined Powell in the 10m air rifle, tallying a total score of 804.8 to take 68th place.

Rouse, competing in the 10m air rifle, shot 401.3 in the first day before improving to 402.1 on day two. The total of 803.4 was good enough for 74th.

Nelson was saddled with a rifle malfunction on the first day and had to borrow an air rifle for the second day. Despite the challenges she held her head up high.

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UTEP Rifle Excels In NCAA Qualifier Vs. Nevada

Senior Rachael Schoenrock fired the second-best aggregate (1160) on the range, aided by placing first in the smallbore (577), to lead the way for the UTEP rifle team in its NCAA Qualifier match at home against Nevada Saturday morning.

The Miners (4616) were just 10 points behind the Wolfpack (4639) in smallbore and 13 back in air rifle to account for the smallest aggregate margin (23 points) of the season. It was a fitting conclusion to the campaign and also to the careers of the Orange and Blue’s three seniors (Rachael Schoenrock, Jessica Kinder and Monthserrat Serna).

“Knowing the importance of the NCAA Qualifier match, today’s performance was just what the team needed,” UTEP head coach Hannah Muegge said. “Being able to repeat last weekend’s strong performance at TCU was a great way to wrap up our season.”

Kinder competed exclusively in air rifle, firing the team’s second-best score (585) in the event on the day. The top honor went to freshman Baily Powell, whose readout of 587 was the third-highest tally by any competitor on the range. Powell added 566 in smallbore to wrap up the round at 1153.

Haylee Schoenrock and freshman Abby Monique both registered an aggregate of 1147. Monique shot a 571 in smallbore and 576 in air rifle. Schoenrock used a 567 in smallbore and 580 in air rifle.

Freshman Mara Rouse shot 541 in smallbore and 571 in air rifle for an aggregate of 1112. Maranda Nelson competed only in smallbore, recording a score of 555.

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