Alaska Fairbanks' Jamie Beyerle wins 2006 NCAA Smallbore Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Jamie Beyerle, a senior from Alaska Fairbanks concludes her collegiate career as the 2006 NCAA Smallbore champion. On Friday, March 10, in day one of the NCAA Men's & Women's Rifle Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Complex, Beyerle set the bar high with an aggregate score 593 early in relay one and never looked back. In the finals round, Beyerle shot a 97.5 to win the championship with a total score of 690.5.
"I walked in realizing this is my final year and I made the decision that I just wanted to have fun," said Beyerle. "There was no reason why I couldn't come into this, shoot well and have fun in the process. This is a very stressful match and you are with your team. I just wanted to put up a good score for my teammates," she added.
"Jamie is one of the top shooters in the world and she proved it today. For her to come in at her senior year, her final match, it's a great way to lead into the World Championships and Olympics in 2008," said Alaska head coach Dan Jordan.
Mississippi's senior Shannon Wilson followed with a final score of 688.5. Third place went to James Hall from Jacksonville State with a score of 685.3 followed by Joseph Hall (Jacksonville) with 683.9. Fifth place went to Kristina Fehlings from Nebraska with 683.3 and in sixth place was Christopher Abalo from Army who finished with a 682.6.
The top eight teams are 1. Jacksonville State (2339); 2. Alaska Fairbanks (2329); 3. Nebraska (2322); 4. USMA (2318); 5. Murray State (2310); 6. Navy (2303); 7. Kentucky (2296); 8. Mississippi (2295).
"Things are looking good, we've been shooting well in air rifle all year and tomorrow should be no different. I think the team will come out and shoot well after today's performance," said Jordan.
The air rifle championships will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the USOC in Colorado Springs. The event is open to the public.
Smallbore Relay Recap:
Relay 3: Beyerle remained the leader in smallbore with her score of 593. Going into finals, the top eight individuals were Beyerle, Joseph Hall and James Hall (Jacksonville State), Shannon Wilson (Mississippi), Kristina Fehlings (Nebraska), Christopher Abalo (USMA), Cameron Hicks (Murray State) and Michael Dickenson (Jacksonville State).
Relay 2: Beyerle held the lead with an aggregate 593. Joseph Hall a sophomore from Jacksonville State was second with a score of 588. Wilson was third in the standings with a score of 587 while Alaska Fairbanks freshman Christian Lejon and freshman Michael Dickenson from Jacksonville, both tied with 583.
Relay 1: With relay one concluded, Beyerle led with an aggregate 593. Wilson was second with a score of 587 followed by Crystal Arndt, Jacksonville, and Amy Sowash, Kentucky, who tied with an aggregate of 580.
INDIVIDUAL SMALLBORE RIFLE