TCU Headed to Inaugural PRC Championship
Feb. 7, 2014
FORT WORTH -- The TCU Rifle team will shoot for its first league title when it heads to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the inaugural Patriot Rifle Conference Championships. Smallbore will be held on Sunday while air rifle is set for Sunday.
The Horned Frogs will be accompanied by Air Force, Alaska-Fairbanks, Ohio State and Nevada.
TCU is coming off a 4,656-4,625 loss in Fort Worth last Saturday to this weekend's host, the Buckeyes. Sally Li led all shooters in both disciplines, posting a 587 in air rifle and a 577 in smallbore. Hannah Black and Jamie Dowd each fired a 583 in air rifle.
Li holds the top spot for TCU in each discipline for the season. She has a 588 average in air rifle and a 577 clip in smallbore. Black is second with a 586 and 575 season average, respectively. Catherine Green ranks third in air rifle while Megan Lee holds the same rank in smallbore.
Air Force is currently 4-5 on the year. Meredith Carpentier is the Falcons' biggest threat, as she was America's top shooter in the women's 10m air rifle category at the Bavarian Airgun Championships in Munich on Jan. 24. Black and former Horned Frog great Sarah Beard were also at the event.
Alaska-Fairbanks enters the tournament with a 9-0 record. The Nanooks recorded a season-high 2,345 in smallbore on Jan. 18 while producing a 2,342 in air rifle. Ryan Anderson and Tim Sherry are two of the top shooters on the team.
Ohio State had one of its better performances of its season recently, shooting a season-high 4,666 aggregate tally at Alaska three weeks ago. The Buckeyes also made their first-ever trip to Fort Worth last Saturday shooting 2,346 in air rifle. The total was the second-best mark in school history behind the 2,351-point performance they had in Alaska three weeks earlier.
Nevada goes into the tournament with a 2-3 mark on the season. Greta Ochsner's 586 in air rifle is the Wolf Pack's top performance in that discipline this season, while Haunani Akana's 575 in smallbore has the same honor. Akana and Chelsie Hata each have Nevada's top aggregate performances of the season at 1154.
The Horned Frogs will return to the Lone Star State after their trip to Columbus to take on UTEP in El Paso on Feb. 16.