U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Air Force rifle team has been selected to compete in the 2018 NCAA Men's and Women's Rifle Championships, March 9-10, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus in Charleston, S.C.
This is Air Force's 16th appearance at the NCAA Rifle Championships since 1980. Air Force head coach Launi Meili has led the Falcons to the NCAA Championships five times, including four-straight appearances.
"Coach Dave Johnson and myself are incredibly proud of the USAFA shooters," said Meili. "From not starting the season with all of our top shooters, to making adjustments after two Government shut-downs, they were resilient and continued to perform no matter what new challenge may have changed the direction of the team. They shot in six matches the last four weeks of the season, so with very little time for recovery, they pressed on and finished stronger than where we started!"
The top eight teams in both smallbore and air rifle events were selected based on the average of the three highest regular-season aggregate scores. The average of the three highest scores was added to the aggregate scores from the designated qualifiers to determine the top eight teams.
The top eight are: Air Force, Alaska Fairbanks, Kentucky, Murray State, Nebraska, Ohio State, TCU and West Virginia.
In addition to the top eight teams are the top eight individual qualifiers in smallbore and air rifle. Those chosen are: Smallbore: Kestrel Kuhne, Navy, Lauren Phillips, NC State, Levi Clark, Memphis, and Joe Martin, UT Martin. In air rifle: Kamilla Kisch, Ole Miss, Leighton Dempster, Memphis, Payne Nunn, Army West Point, and Torrance Kang, Navy.
Individual and team competitions in smallbore will be held Friday, March 9, and individual and team competitions in air rifle will be held on Saturday, March 10. The overall team champions will be determined by combining the smallbore and air rifle team total scores into one aggregate score for each institution.