U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Oct. 16 – The No. 6 Air Force Falcons’ rifle team opened the season in Fairbanks, Alaska. Several Falcons finished with career- and personal-best marks. Air Force lost three matches against the No. 5 Alaska Nanooks and the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes.
On Friday, Oct. 13, Alaska dominated the match, with a team total 4694, followed by the Buckeyes’ 4675 and the Falcons’ 4649. The Falcons’ Anna Weilbacher (Leona Valley, CA) had the team’s top individual aggregate score of 1174. Weilbacher started the weekend off with a smallbore 579 and air rifle 595 and finished in the top 10.
Three of the Falcons’ freshmen squad scored above 560 in their first collegiate smallbore match, as Sarah Sawicki (East Brunswick, NJ) finished with a 574, she later scored 585 in air rifle (1159). Nate Peterson (Sharpsburg, Ga.) scored 570 in smallbore and 581 in air rifle (1151). Mary Maystrovich (Nine Mile Falls, WA.) had a smallbore (563) and air rifle (572) with a total of 1135 points.
On Sunday, Oct. 15, the Falcons went head-to-head with the Nanooks. Weilbacher once again led the team with the second-highest individual aggregate (1168). In team scoring, the Falcons lost 4663-4684.
In the faceoff against Alaska, Weilbacher scored a smallbore 580 and air rifle 588. Learn had a personal best and finished fifth in the top-10 with an aggregate 1166. In both rifles, Learn scored a smallbore (579) and air rifle (587).
Peterson also cracked the top-10, finishing sixth with an aggregate 1166, he shot a smallbore (575) and air rifle (591). Improving on his score from Friday’s match, Brandon finished eighth with an 1163, with a smallbore (568) and a career high in the air rifle (595).
Maystrovich improved on her scoring from the previous matches and set personal bests in the smallbore (565), air rifle (581) and aggregate (1147). Sawicki improved her previous air rifle score with a 587, and finished with a 563 in smallbore and 1150 aggregate.
Also of note, Kyle Cox (Montrose, Co) scored career highs with all three scores. On Friday, he had a smallbore (558), air rifle (572) and 1130 against Alaska and Ohio State. On Sunday, he improved his career highs with scores in smallbore (566), air rifle (581), and aggregate (1147).
With the first road trip of the season under their belts, the Falcons will get ready to host the No. 8 Nevada Wolf Pack on Oct. 28 at the Falcon Rifle Range. Air Force rifle is 0-3 on the season.