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UTEP Rifle opens season at home vs. Nebraska

The UTEP rifle team will fire off the 2021-22 season against Nebraska on Saturday (Oct. 9) at 8 a.m. MT at the UTEP Rifle Range.

Admission is free, and the match is open to the public.

Austin Litherland enters his fourth season as the Miners’ head coach.

“The energy of a new season always brings positive attitudes and determination,” Litherland said. “That positivity and determination has translated to practice. The team has been working hard to improve and prepare for this weekend.”

The Miners return seven veterans and welcome one newcomer to the team. Among the seven returners include six shooters that participated in the NCAA Qualifier.

UTEP welcomes freshman Sydney McKay to the squad.

“We are excited to host Nebraska here at UTEP and to get back to competing again,” Litherland expressed.

2021 NCAA Qualifiers 

Jonna Warnken paced the Miners with an 1,153 aggregate (564 smallbore, 589 air rifle). Isabel Brooks fired a team-best in smallbore (567) while Jennifer Windle and Isabella Rios tied for second on the campaign in air rifle (580).

Scouting Nebraska 

Nebraska opened the 2021-22 season with a 4,678-4673 victory over Ohio State at the Nebraska Rifle Range on Sept. 25. Cecilia Ossi (1,173) and Madelynn Erickson (1,172) finished top three in aggregate.

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