No. 7 Air Force drops one to top-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks

Jan. 10, 2014

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Seventh-ranked Air Force lost its first collegiate rifle match of 2014, 4,680-4,624, to No. 1-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

"After a needed break, the team came back a little lower than we anticipated starting off 2014, said head coach Launi Meili. "With minimal training time at the OTC, we still need some solid days of purposeful practice to get fully up and rolling. With the new range opening in a few weeks, we'll be back to performing like what we're capable of."

For the Falcons, Meredith Carpentier fired a 592 in air rifle to match UAF's Mats Eriksson and Ryan Anderson for the match-best score while David Higgins led AFA with a 576 in smallbore.

The Air Force shooters posted an NCAA qualifying score of 2,299 in the smallbore. Higgins was the squad's top shooter with a 576 and led the way for both Carpentier and Ryan Jacobs who scored a 574 in the match. Kevyn Stinett finished with a 575 (2,299).

Returning to competition following a long absence was Noah Kwock, who shot a 558. Tyler Rico had a 572 and Mary Simonton scored a 538.

In the air rifle, Carpentier's 592 led the squad's qualifying score and Stinett finished with the next highest score of 586. Higgins and Rico followed with a 573 and 574, individually (2,325).



Jacobs finished in the match with a 571 while Simonton and Kwock scored a 577 and 574, individually.

Air Force is now 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the PRC going into 2014. Fifth-ranked Nebraska will host Air Force and TCU on Jan. 25-26.

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