May 21, 2013

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin head rifle coach Bob Beard has announced four additions to next year’s roster, as Dacotah Faught, Alexandra Haid, Logan Dixon and Katrina Klaes will shoot for the Skyhawks beginning in the fall.

A native of Amenia, ND, Faught joins UT Martin out of Central Cass High School. She is the current Female Junior Olympic Air Rifle champion of North Dakota and is also fresh off an appearance in the National Junior Olympic competition at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Those two accomplishments continue a string of championship appearances for Faught, who was the 2012 state smallbore champion and competed in the 2012 Olympic team trials. That came on the heels of a spectacular 2011 season for Faught, as she brought home the Class A air rifle national championship. She plans to study criminal justice at UT Martin with an interest in forensic science.

Haid comes to the Skyhawks from Hume-Fogg Academic Academy in Nashville. Coached by state junior shooting director Ray Harvey, Haid has placed near the top in the Tennessee Air Rifle championships the past two years and was also in the field of 400 shooters from a dozen states at the Montgomery Bell Academy Classic last fall. Her academic interests include Spanish and military science.

Dixon will join the UT Martin squad out of the Mt. Juliet High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC team. He is an experienced 3-position air rifle shooter who has consistently been one of the top precision shooters on the Mt. Juliet team.

A Grand Haven, Mich. native, Klaes also brings a wealth of experience to the Skyhawk program. She holds an expert classification in high powered rifle and chose UT Martin not only because of the rifle team’s success but also the excellent agriculture program.

These four newcomers join Breanna Flint, a distinguished expert from the same Galway, NY program that produced four-time All-Ohio Valley Conference Skyhawk shooter Heather Tillson, and Missouri state champion Logan Hunt, the brother of two-time All-OVC shooter Kelsea Hunt. Both Flint and Hunt inked their National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period.

“This is one of our top recruiting classes in program history,” Beard said. “We are adding a bunch of excellent students with a wealth of competitive experience. This group gives us a lot of depth on both the mixed and women’s teams with several candidates for conference honors during their first year at UT Martin.”

The Skyhawks just wrapped up another highly successful season under Beard, finishing 16th in the nation in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association final polls. That marked the 30th time in the last 31 years that UT Martin had ended the season ranked amongst the nation’s top-20 teams.

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