The UTEP rifle team will face off against Alaska Fairbanks for the 2022 NCAA rifle qualifier match on Saturday (Feb. 19) at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range in the Patty Center.
The match will be streamed through YouTube, with live stats also available.
“We are excited to travel to Alaska for the NCAA Qualifiers,” head coach Austin Litherland said. “The team has been very focused and worked hard in areas that needed improvement this past week. Mentally, the team is in good spirits and feeling confident. We will use this confidence to bring out some good scores.”
About the NCAA Qualifier
The NCAA qualifier will be the final score necessary to determine which eight teams will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete in the NCAA Championships in March. The first three scores come from regular season matches, and all three must come from separate locations. The fourth score calculated into the average is the qualifier score.
Last Match Recap
The UTEP rifle team shot an aggregate of 4555, trailing behind TCU (4733) in its last home match of the season on Feb. 12. The Miners posted a 2261 in smallbore and a 2294 in air rifle. Isabel Brooks led the team with an aggregate 1160 while Jonna Warnken ranked second on the squad with 1138.
Scouting Alaska Fairbanks
The Alaska Nanooks rifle team is returning home as the 2021-22 PRC Champions. They completed the weekend with a new program-record aggregate score of 4752. With that score, they also tied the current NCAA aggregate record, shot twice this season, once by TCU and once by Kentucky.