Feaga first, third at Intercollegiate Rifle Championships
March 23, 2019 | Fort Benning, Ga.
Freshman Mitchell Feaga, co-captain of Liberty University's first-year rifle team, won the Small Bore Rifle individual title and placed third in the Air Rifle competition at this past weekend's NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Ga.
Feaga's aggregate score for the two events put him in second place overall with 1,142 points. Factoring in his scores from the Feb. 9 Sectional Championships in Charlottesville, Va., he was selected to both the Small Bore and Air Rifle All-Star First Teams.
In the Small Bore Rifle competition, Feaga finished first out of 43 competitors with 564 points, winning a tie-breaker with North Dakota State's Brandon Alexander and edging Bismarck's Megan Vandall (third-place, 559) and Grand Valley State's Christian Yap (fourth, 557).
The Flames' and Lady Flames' five-member team of junior captain Susie Krupp (497), Feaga, and freshmen Alec Trennepohl (501), Caisey Duran (494), and Katherine Gray (468) finished eighth in the team standings, while senior Jonathan Deane posted an individual score of 478.
Overall, Liberty improved its NRA Sectional team score — which qualified it as one of 10 schools from around the country to compete in Georgia — by 51 points to 2,056.
Feaga scored 578 points to finish third in the Air Rifle individual standings followed by Krupp (556), Deane (540), senior Rachel Brinkley (536), and Gray (518), with Trennepohl (556) and Duran (525) shooting strong scores as individuals. As a team, they improved their sectional score by 22 points to 2,210, placing sixth overall with Akron winning both competitions.
Liberty Rifle Coaches Marlene and Kevin Gray look forward to building on the rifle program's first year success with this national competition experience.
"We are particularly happy with the improvement made from our sectional performance," Marlene Gray said. "To have an individual champion in our first year competing was pretty awesome."
Feaga will next represent Liberty at the USA Shooting Junior Olympic Rifle/Pistol National Championships from April 5-12 at the Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
|Tommy Hartman placed ninth in International Skeet.|
At the International Shooting Sports Foundation (ISSF) International Shootout (ISO), held Monday through Wednesday at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Liberty's Tommy Hartman placed ninth with 102 points in the men's International Skeet competition followed by fellow junior Casey Williams (11th, 100), freshman Justin Johnson (14th, 93), and sophomore Jonathan Britton (15th, 87). Sophomores Liz Wesner (13th, 74) and Chloe Sterner (14th, 72) competed in the women's International Bunker Trap event.
Complete results are available online.
The Houston Safari Club Foundation, which seeks to preserve the sport of hunting, helped underwrite Liberty's expenses for 12 team members to compete in this week's ISO and ACUI Collegiate Shotgun National Championships in San Antonio.