U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLO.: Head coach Launi Meili has officially announced Air Force rifle's schedule for the upcoming season, which features six home matches at the Falcon Rifle Range and includes hosting the 2018 Patriot Rifle Conference Championships.
The Air Force Academy rifle team will kick off the 2017-2018 season with a pair of PRC matches in October in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Falcons will contest against two PRC opponents, the Alaska Nanooks and the Ohio State Buckeyes, on Oct. 13. Alaska and OSU will match up on the 14th, followed by Alaska and Air Force on Oct. 15. Returning home, the Falcons will compete in a PRC match against the Nevada Wolfpack at the Falcon Rifle Range on Oct. 28.
In November, the Falcons travel to Annapolis, Md., for the annual President’s Trophy Match against sister academies, Navy, Army West Point and the U.S. Coast Guard on Nov. 4. The Falcons will attempt to retain the President’s Trophy for the fourth-consecutive year. Following the President’s Trophy Match, Air Force will go to Lexington, Va., on Nov. 5, for a match against the Virginia Military Institute. Returning home, Air Force will host a two-day match up on Nov. 18-19 against the Buckeyes, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, which will conclude the first half of the Falcons’ season.
In December, several Air Force cadets will go on to compete in the 2017 Winter Air Gun Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The two-day men’s competitions are Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The women will compete on Dec. 2-3.
Returning in 2018, TCU will host Air Force, the Coast Guard and OSU on Jan. 20 in Fort Worth, Texas. Several cadet-athletes will remain in Colorado Springs to compete in the Junior Olympic Tryout at the USOC on Jan. 20-21. Rounding out the month of January, the team will travel to Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 27-28 to match up against The Citadel Bulldogs and VMI on the 27th, the following day it is the Falcons versus the Bulldogs.
In February, Air Force returns to PRC matches, hosting UTEP and Alaska on Feb. 2 at the Falcon Rifle Range, and will host the PRC Smallbore and Air Rifle Championships on Feb. 3-4. In NCAA competition, Air Force will travel back to Fort Worth, for the NCAA Qualifier Match against TCU on Feb. 17.
With a possible invitation to the 2018 NCAA National Rifle Championships in Charleston, S.C., the Falcons will conclude the regular season at nationals on March 9-10.