The UTEP rifle team is pleased to wish everyone a “Happy 10.9 Day!” 10.9 Day, celebrated annually on Oct. 9, is a day in which the shooting sports community recognizes excellence achieved both on the shooting range and in our everyday lives.
The 10.9 Day campaign, which was started by the NCAA Rifle governing body USA Shooting, was created to celebrate excellence as well as bring awareness to the sport of competitive shooting. A 10.9 represents the most perfect shot that a shooter can execute.
“This is a great way for the team to be able to share their passion of the sport with our community,” UTEP head coach Hannah Muegge said. “Today is a day where we can take a step back and recognize all of the accomplishments that we have made and celebrate them. UTEP student-athletes, students, professors and staff members, as well as fans are all invited to come out and celebrate with the team. We’d love to see a full house.”
The Miners would like to invite the public to take part in the celebration by coming out to the UTEP Rifle Range Monday (Oct. 10) from 2-5 p.m. The UTEP Rifle Range is located inside the UTEP Military Science Building on Glory Road.
The team will show participants what it’s like to take a shot in a collegiate rifle setting. The first 100 participants will receive a free 10.9 Day t-shirt featuring the team’s custom 10.9 Day design created by UTEP Athletics Director of Video Production & Graphic Design, Charles Davis.
UTEP Rifle hosted its first 10.9 Day event last year for UTEP Athletics and had roughly 125 participants throughout the day. The turnout was so great that the team decided to open it up and make it an annual event, depending on the schedule.
The Miners are no stranger to shooting 10.9s. They had shot more 10.9 during Saturday’s match against Nevada; UTEP finished with 13 (six air rifle, seven smallbore) compared to the Wolf Pack’s nine (five air rifle, four smallbore).