Falcons defeat Ole Miss, The Citadel and North Carolina State
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (Jan. 28-29, 2012) - In rifle, No. 14 Air Force defeated No. 6 Ole Miss 4628-4627 at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. The Academy's Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Il.) was the top shooter in air rifle with a 590 and Pat Everson (Eagle River, AR) won the smallbore match with a 578. In the three-way match, Air Force placed first (4628), followed by Ole Miss (4627), and Citadel women (4258). The Falcons outshot the Bulldogs and the Rebels in both the smallbore and air rifle matches.
On Saturday, Ole Miss placed first (4640), followed by Air Force (4610), No. 20 North Carolina State (4596) and The Citadel (4456). The Wolfpack had the highest team score in smallbore (2292) and the Rebels finished with a 2350 in air rifle. The Falcons' top shooters in the match were Ben York in smallbore (577) and Robert Vasquez in air rifle (587).
In Sunday's match, Carpentier topped her high individual score off with a 100, 96, 98, 98, 99 and 99. Under Coach Launi Meili, Carpentier is the first Academy shooter to fire that high of a score against the Rebels. Everson fired a 100, 99, 94, 98, 91 and 96 for the 578 total in smallbore. The total scores for both Carpentier and Everson are career high aggregates.
The Falcons win on Sunday, is a season-record team high score and its first win this season against a top ranked school. Air Force is now 7-7 and is currently ranked No. 14.
Air Force hosts TCU on Feb. 4 and UTEP on Feb. 5 at the Cadet Gymnasium Rifle Range.