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The UTEP rifle team surpassed the 4600 barrier for the third time in the past four matches by recording an aggregate of 4608 in its NCAA Qualifier match with Alaska-Fairbanks (4633) at the UTEP rifle range Saturday.
“We finished out our season strong,” UTEP head coach Austin Litherland said. “Today showed the hard work the team has put into accomplishing our goals. It has been a great season, and I want to thank everyone for all the support we have gotten. Go Miners!”
Freshman Jonna Warnken set a career high with the top aggregate (1172) by all competitors on the range Saturday. The 1172 ties as the fifth-highest score in program history. She shot a career-best 591 in air rifle and came within one point (581) of matching her personal best in smallbore.
Senior Mara Rouse eclipsed 570 in both smallbore (571) and air rifle (586) on the way to shooting her second-best aggregate (1157) on the year. Freshman Amoret McCartney followed at 1140 (566-574), while redshirt-freshman Jennie Windle checked in with an aggregate of 1139. Samantha Miller rounded out the team at 1111.
Morgahn Warner missed the match due to an injury.
UTEP’s aggregate of 4608 marked its second-best score of the second. The Miners also peaked at the proper time, flying past 4600 in three of their final four matches of the campaign.