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    October 29, 2020 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    Liberty University’s shooting sports rifle team recorded strikingly consistent results in its first Air Rifle and Three-Position Smallbore mail-in “postal” competitions through the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (WIRC) held on its Liberty Mountain Gun Club (LMGC) ranges in mid- and late October.

    Head Coach Marlene Gray designated five student-athletes out of her roster of nine men and women who would represent the Flames and Lady Flames in the virtual events. The same five shooters placed first through fifth in the two categories, accumulating 2,204 points in the Air Rifle event and a 2,175-point total in the Smallbore competition.

    Sophomore Michael Donoho was the Flames’ top shooter in both, firing a total of 570 out of a possible 600 in Air Rifle and 573 in Smallbore, which included shooting rounds at targets from prone, standing, and kneeling positions.

    Sophomore Kristen Gagne, shown practicing for Air Rifle, had the second-highest scores in both disciplines.

    He was followed by sophomore Kristen Gagne (564 Air Rifle, 566 Smallbore); freshman Payton Landaas (537, 527); junior Katherine Gray (533, 509); and freshman Wyatt Campos (511, 489), with the top four scores factored into the team totals.

    “We are very pleased with our first Air Rifle and Smallbore Postals for October,” Marlene Gray said. “We will now wait to see how our October scores compare with the other teams in the conference.”

    Freshmen Josiah Zaragoza and Madeline Ashley, sophomore Faith Chapin, and junior Cassidy Hathcote also shot in both events, but their scores did not count toward the team’s placement.

    “We have three returning members and six new team members, four with very little rifle experience,” Gray said.

    Since students will not all return to campus after Thanksgiving Break, the athletes must complete the November and December postal events, for a total of four more postal competitions this month. The Flames and Lady Flames will host an Air Rifle event this Thursday and a Smallbore event next Thursday at the LMGC, followed by two more postal shoots on Nov. 16 and 19.

    “November will be a busy month for us,” Gray said. “Of the eight times we will be at the range in November, half of those will be Match Days (with the other half practices). They are ready for the challenge.”

    Rifle team members line up for last Thursday’s Three-Position Smallbore postal shoot