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    April 13, 2021 Fort Wayne, Ind. RSS |

    Sophomore Kristen Gagne earned an individual bronze medal by shooting 564 in smallbore and Liberty University’s rifle team placed third as a team in that division with 2,163 points from its five-shooter team at the American Smallbore Shooting Association (ASSA) 2021 Intercollegiate Rifle Club National Championships held over the weekend at the X-Count shooting range in Fort Wayne, Ind.

    Gagne was joined by sophomore Michael Donoho, who shot a 560, freshman Madeline Ashley, who fired a personal best 533, freshman Wyatt Campos (personal-best 506), and junior Katherine Gray, whose fifth-place score did not factor into the team total.

    Then, on Sunday, Liberty placed fourth in the air rifle competition with a 2,240 team total, one point behind third-place Michigan. Gagne (566-23), Donoho (567-18), Ashley (personal best 566-23), and Campos (personal best 536-10) accounted for the Flames’ total, with Gray’s 533-9 not included.

    Nine colleges were represented with four bringing complete teams for a total of 28 individual competitors representing Liberty, the University of Akron, Bowling Green State, Grand Valley State, Hillsdale University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, North Dakota State, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    Combined, Liberty’s rifle team placed third between the 3-position smallbore and air rifle events with 4,403 points, trailing only North Dakota State (4,512) and Akron (4,511).

    Donoho and Gagne represented Liberty on both the ASSA All-Star 3-position smallbore and air rifle first teams, based on their average scores between the championship competition and their two highest scores fired during the regular season in a sanctioned competition.


    Rifle team coaches Kevin and Marlene Gray and the Flames and Lady Flames with their awards