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Air Force rifle team at OSU in Columbus

The Air Force Academy rifle team opens the season with two matches at Ohio State in Columbus this weekend, Oct. 12-13, at the OSU Rifle Range.  According to head coach Launi Meili, the team is excited to start shooting regular season matches.  "Other schools have started their competitions and our practice scores have been very competitive with what we've seen posted so far."


On Friday, the Falcons have a match against Ohio State.  "We open against No. 3-ranked Ohio State and I feel confident we'll give them a tough match right from the start."  On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Falcons compete against West Virginia at OSU.  "The match against WVU on Saturday is going to be our toughest match of the season, added Meili.


Meili said, TCU and WVU have shot some phenomenal scores already, some records in fact, and are already positioning themselves as the top teams in the country.  This first weekend will give us an indication of where we stack up in the country and give us an idea of what we need to work on.


Our returning shooters are continuing to improve their scores and our freshmen have been setting personal bests almost every time they shoot.  Coach Anti and I can't wait to see them put it on the line this weekend at OSU.

Falcons ahead in rifle match against Nanooks

In today's matches against the University of Alaska Nanooks, the Air Force Academy rifle team is ahead 4021-3492. Senior Patrick Everson was the Falcons' top shooter in smallbore with a 573. In the air rifle, Everson scored a 586. Freshman Meredith Carpentier also scored a 586 in the rifle. Senior Robert Vasquez finished with a 585 in air rifle, while Mike Seery finished with a 580. The rifle team competes against the University of Kentucky on Saturday.

Air Force Rifle Finished Second at President's Trophy Match

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy rifle team traveled to West Point, N.Y., this weekend to compete in the President's Trophy Match at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center. The Falcons competed in the match between the defending champs, the Army Black Knights, Navy's Midshipmen and the U.S. Coast Guard Bears.

Air Force maintained its runner-up standing with an aggregate score of 5749 points, just 63 points shy of Army's score. The Black Knights had a combined score of 5812, and captured their third straight President's Trophy Match title. The Midshipmen finished third with a 5734 followed by the Bears' 4333.

Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard joined the Black Knights in rounding out the academy field in a series that began in 1998-99. The match employed the NCAA four-man system.

The rifle team has a week off before traveling to Fairbanks, AK, for a two-day match with Alaska-Fairbanks on Nov. 18 and Kentucky on Nov. 19.

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