U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (March 12) -- Following the 2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships on March 9-10 in Charleston, S.C., the entire Air Force rifle team is this week’s Rifle Athletes of the Week. Three cadet-athletes were named NRA Collegiate All-Americans, five times: sophomore Logan Ogden (Galway, N.Y.), junior Anna Weilbacher (Leona Valley, Calif., and senior Spencer Brandon (Kingsport, TN).
All-American: Following the NCAA Rifle Championships, the NRA Collegiate Programs Committee announced its selections for the 2018 Collegiate All-American List. This year’s Air Force Academy NRA Collegiate All-Americans are: Sophomore Logan Ogden, smallbore and air rifle second team, junior Anna Weilbacher, smallbore and air rifle honorable mention, and senior Spencer Brandon, air rifle honorable mention.
At the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships, the Falcons racked up 4669 aggregate points and finished fifth in the nation, finishing just two-points ahead of #6 Alaska Fairbanks and only 15 points below #4 Murray State. The University of Kentucky was the national champion.
In the 3x20 Smallbore Championships, the Falcons struggled in the shoulder-to-shoulder match, as only two shooters shot 580 or above. Ogden scored a 582. Freshman Nate Peterson (Sharpsburg, Ga.) had a 580 with two perfect 10-shot series in the prone. The remaining counters, juniors Spencer Cap (Cranbury, N.J.) and Weilbacher scored a 579 and 578, respectively, for a team total 2319. Brandon finished with a 568.
In the 60-shot Air Rifle Championships, all five shooters shot above 580 to boost the team’s overall total score to a 4669. In the rifle, Ogden had the team’s highest individual score of 591, which gave him a total score of 1173. Weilbacher had the team’s next highest score of 588 for a total score of 1166. Brandon had a 586 and finished with an 1154 aggregate. Peterson scored a 585 and finished with an aggregate 1165. The team’s four counters scored a 2350 in the rifle. Cap finished with a 585 and a total score of 1164.
“It's been a challenging year with the Government Shutdowns, but the team has persevered through additional matches and weekends of competition to finish the year strong. We went into the nationals in 6th place and came out in 5th, so with every shot, they fought hard to represent the Academy and the rifle team!” said head coach Launi Meili.
Air Force rifle teams have competed in the NCAA Rifle Championships 17 times since 1980, including four consecutive years since 2015.
NRA Collegiate All-American Program: “Selections are based primarily on collegiate season average with some consideration given to Sectional scores, number of matches fired, high and low scores and pattern of scores over the season. When, as often happens, several outstanding candidates are separated by only fractions of a point in the season, the selection subcommittee considers other factors, including coach's recommendation, grade-point average and leadership qualities,” according to the NRA Collegiate Programs Committee.