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UTEP Rifle travels to Ohio State to begin Spring Season

The UTEP rifle team will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State on Saturday, January 25 at 7 a.m. MT at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.

“The team is back and excited for the next half of the season,” Head coach Austin Litherland said. “They have recharged themselves over the winter break and we have been training hard. We are ready to travel up to Ohio State to compete.”

During the last matchup of the fall season the Miners earned their highest aggregate score, 4597, at home against Alaska Fairbanks (11/22).

Freshman Jonna Warnken leads the Orange and Blue with a 581 air rifle average, heading into the spring season.  She posted a season high in air at Air Force (10/26), tallying a 587 mark.

Morgahn Warner and Mara Rouse pace the team in smallbore with an average of 571. Rouse contributed the best performance in smallbore for the Miners with a team high of 579.

Amoret McCartney has the fourth-highest aggregate average on the squad (1140).  Samantha Miller and Jennie Windle follow with averages of 1129 and 1128, respectively.

The Buckeyes are averaging an aggregate of 4648 this season. Ariel Hall boasts a team best 577 in smallbore. Rhiann Travis currently paces Ohio State with an air rifle average of 589.

Fans can follow along with the action with live stats via this website.

Video+Story: Mara Rouse and The Pursuit of Perfection

Imagine taking aim at a target that is no bigger than the size of the period at the end of this sentence. If you can grasp the idea of it then take the next step and let’s do it 120 times in three hours.

In sports there are many ways to be perfect. You can juke one way or another to avoid a defender. You can take the jumper, drive the lane and you can even dish it to your teammate. “Perfection” can be up, down, around, over and even through.

In rifle there is only one way, and that is right down the barrel, perfection sits in the 10-ring 50 feet down range. UTEP’s Mara Rouse and hundreds of other collegiate athletes have been chasing this target for as long as they can remember.

“Always having to be on and always having to be at that level where you are stable, strong and mentally prepared is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do,” Team captain Rouse stated.

Breathing is a big part of the stability that she describes. Taking a breath is something we take for granted in our everyday lives. For Rouse and her teammates it is a pivotal aspect of taking that “Perfect” shot.

A breath held too long or not long enough could spell disaster for their shot, and each shot is so precious. The pace of their inhale and exhale means as much as following through with a swing in golf or setting your feet for a three-point shot in basketball.

The singular act that these athletes are executing daily can weigh heavily on their mental endurance. To cope with this the senior relies on her teammates that stand the line with her.

“I know there are going to be days where I am struggling mentally,” Rouse said. “But I know I can look down the line and see girls who are thriving. It motivates me. I know that if they can do it then so can I. We are one big family. When we are traveling, and I can look down the line and see Orange and Blue. It is absolutely amazing.”

UTEP has lofty goals of making the NCAA meet in March of 2020. Rouse has never competed at nationals, and her goal is to perform on that stage.

“The biggest goal is to go to NCAAs,” Rouse stated. “Our program hasn’t done that since 2012, and so it is time for that gap to close. It is time for us to go to that next level, and put UTEP rifle back on the map.”

The Orange and Blue, along with their team captain will be seeking to earn perfection, and make history for the Miners come the spring.

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UTEP Rifle Signs Grace Fernandez

UTEP Rifle inked Grace Fernandez for the 2020 class earlier this week.

The sharp shooter hails from Anchorage, Alaska, where she competed for South Anchorage High School.

Her competitive career was jump-started in her freshman year, after joining her high school’s air rifle team. At the district championship in 2017, the Anchorage native took first individually, and helped her team take second overall.

Fernandez has been a part of the Borealis Bullseye team, which has won state titles in two consecutive years. She won the CMP state championship and took third at the Junior Olympic State Championship in 2019.

The 2020 signee landed a top-10 finish in both 2018 and 2019 at the CMP Regionals, with her squad taking first in 2018. She was a recipient of the 2019 Junior Distinguished Badge, and helped her team maintain a top-10 ranking.

Fernandez has been involved in Alaska’s 4-H program and plans on majoring in biochemistry at UTEP.

For complete coverage of UTEP Rifle, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPrifle (Instagram) and @UTEPrifle (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP Rifle turns in season high against Nanooks

The UTEP rifle team shot a season-best 4597, which was led by a career performance from Jonna Warnken (1155) versus Alaska Fairbanks (4647) on Friday afternoon at the UTEP Rifle Range.

“This team has worked hard and didn’t lose focus,” Head coach Austin Litherland said. “They have brought their A-game all semester, and I couldn’t be more proud. Now we can recharge our batteries over the holidays to come back fresh for the spring.”

Warnken posted her best outing in smallbore with a 574 at the line. The freshman turned in a 581 in air to lead the Miners.

UTEP had its best performance of the year with a 2289-smallbore score. The Miners’ previous best (2277) came against the Nanooks earlier in the season.

Amoret McCartney and Mara Rouse both locked in an 1148 aggregate for UTEP.

Jennie Windle also had a career day with an 1137 total score.

The Orange and Blue will now move into 17th place nationally, just behind UT Martin. Next up, UTEP will travel to Ohio State on January 22, 2020.

UTEP Rifle looks to close out Fall Schedule strong at home

The UTEP rifle team will return to their home range this week to play host to Alaska Fairbanks on Friday, November 22 at 8 a.m.

Admission is free to the UTEP Rifle Range and live stats will be available online.

Senior Mara Rouse led the Miners in their last match against Ohio State, registering a new career high aggregate of 1163. The team captain also posted a career high in smallbore (579) and a new season best in air rifle (584).

Freshman Jonna Warnken (1141) and sophomore Morgahn Warner (1138) followed Rouse in the team rankings.

The Orange and Blue has steadily increased their average team aggregate to 4576. They will hope to increase that number in their last fall contest on Friday.

The Nanooks are coming off of a season-best 4663 performance against TCU on Oct. 12. Jessica Boyce and Kellen McAferty both locked in an 1169 aggregate in the outing.

For complete coverage of UTEP Rifle, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPrifle (Instagram) and @UTEPrifle (Twitter) or click here to visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP Rifle to host Ohio State

The UTEP rifle team will be hosting Ohio State on Saturday, November 9 at 8:30 a.m. MT at the UTEP Rifle Range.

This is the first home match of the season for the Orange and Blue, and is free to the public to attend.

“We are excited to compete against Ohio State on our home range,” Head coach Austin Litherland said. “That doesn’t mean we are letting our guard down. We have been working on improving and calibrating our positions, and sharpening our shot process. We want to push ourselves to achieve those higher scores.”

Morgahn Warner, who is boasting a team-high 1148-season aggregate on the year, leads the Miners. Warner has been a steady shooter for UTEP, shooting no less than 570 in either disciplines during the first four matches of the season. The sophomore leads the squad with a 573-season average in smallbore.

Freshman Jonna Warnken has been a reliable air-rifle shooter, pacing the Orange and Blue with a 583-season average. Warnken also turned in the top air score (587) for UTEP against Air Force (10/26).

The Miners are averaging a 4576-team aggregate through their first four matches. UTEP posted a 4581 total in its last match versus TCU (11/2).

The Buckeyes are coming off of their best performance of the season (4659). Rhiann Travis recorded a team-high 1172 aggregate, and shot a meet-best 580 in smallbore.

Fans can follow along with the action with live stats via this link

UTEP Rifle travels to Alaska for first match of season

The UTEP rifle team will be heading to Fairbanks, Alaska, this weekend to start off the season against the Alaska Nanooks on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. MT.

“The team has worked hard at every practice in preparation for the first match,” Head coach Austin Litherland said. “Everyone is feeling confident and in great spirits. We are excited to start the season against Alaska.”

You can follow along with the action with live stats here.

Sophomore Morgahn Warner is the top returner, having posted an average aggregate of 1145 last season. Warner locked in a smallbore career high (581) versus Nevada (10/27) and a career best (585) in air rifle against Ohio State (11/10).

Captain Mara Rouse registered an air rifle average of 578 last season, making her the top returner in that category. She scored an aggregate average of 1144, following Warner with a smallbore average of 566.

Junior Samantha Miller locked down a career-high aggregate of 1152 last season, including a personal record of 587 in air rifle and 567 in smallbore.

Freshmen Isabel Brooks, Amoret McCartney, Jonna Warnken and redshirt freshman Jennie Windle will be joining the team to compete.

The ‘Nooks return Kellen McAferty from last year’s campaign. The junior shot a 590 in air rifle versus the Miners and finished second individually with an 1168 aggregate.

Seniors Amy Gentry (1152) and Grace Nelson (1145) will be coming back to the ‘Nooks to fill in the gap of graduate JT Schnering, who finished first individually in the last competition against the Miners with an aggregate of 1171.

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.

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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.

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