Ranked seventh, the Air Force Falcons' rifle team will kick-off the home season with a head-to-head match versus conference opponent, seventh-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Last Time Out: On October 13, the Falcons competed against Alaska and Ohio State in Fairbanks, Alaska. Air Force lost two matches against the No. 5 Alaska Nanooks and the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes. In the three-way match, Alaska dominated the match (4694), followed by the Buckeyes' (4675) and the Falcons' (4649). In a match against the Nanooks on Sunday, Oct. 15, the Falcons lost 4663-4684. Air Force is 0-3 on the season and 0-3 for Patriot Rifle Conference matches.
Johnson on board: Assistant coach Dave Johnson was officially hired in September as the Falcons' assistant coach. Before accepting the position at the Academy, Johnson was the interim chief executive officer at USA Shooting.
Air Force Ranked: As of Oct. 24, Air Force and Nevada are tied for seventh in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association rankings. West Virginia holds the nation's top ranking.
Air Force Rifle Athlete of the Week (Oct. 17): Junior Anna Weilbacher (Leona Valley, CA) was the Air Force Rifle Athlete of the Week. She was the Falcons' top shooter overall in the three matches against then ranked fifth Alaska and seventh-ranked Ohio State in Fairbanks on Oct. 13 and 15. Alaska remains ranked fifth and OSU moved up a notch.
Ready to compete: The Air Force Falcons welcomes four new shooters to the roster. On the roster are freshmen Mary Maystrovich from Nine Mile Falls, Wash., Nate Peterson (Sharpsburg, Ga.), Sarah Sawicki (East Brunswick, N.J.), and Belle Toney (Farmington, N.M.).
Returning starters: The quartet of freshmen join returning starters, senior Spencer Brandon (Kingsport, Tenn.), juniors Spencer Cap (Cranbury, N.J.), Nick Learn (South Ridge, Wis.), and Anna Weilbacher (Leona Valley, Calif.), and sophomores, Kyle Cox (Montrose, Colo.), and Logan Ogden (Galway, N.Y.).
Weekend Outlook: Following a week off after the Alaska trip, the Falcons are host to Nevada on Saturday. The last time the two teams matched up was last October 2016 at USAFA. Both teams competed in two three-way matches that included the UTEP rifle team. Air Force swept both days, shooting a 4673 on day one, and 4696 on the next.
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