SKYHAWK RIFLE CONCLUDES FALL SLATE AT MOREHEAD STATE

November 8, 2017



MARTIN, Tenn. –
The University of Tennessee at Martin rifle squad rounded out its fall slate at Morehead State this past weekend and received the results from the Ole Miss Open that took place from Sept. 30 – Oct. 8.

UT Martin fired in the nine-day marathon at Ole Miss against TCU, Kentucky, Murray State, Jacksonville State, NCSU, Morehead State, Army, North Georgia and Memphis. The mixed team saw action from Joe Martin (586), Brigitte Curcio (583), Kaitlin Korinek (581) and Alex Tamboli (573) in air rifle. In smallbore, Martin (580), Korinek (571), Curcio (569) and Tamboli (565) fired for the mixed team. Celia Gelpey (570), Kalen Royal (570), Brianna Sawyers (569) and Ashley Coots (546) fired for the women’s team in air rifle. For the women’s team, Sawyers (557), Coots (554) and Gelpey (552) shot in smallbore.

The two-day affair at Morehead State saw both teams struggle in the first day of competition but make up ground on the final day. Celia Gelpey fired a career-high in air rifle on both days while Andre Delcalzo established a personal-best in the discipline as well with a score of 569.

On the first day, the mixed team was led by Martin (587), Korinek (583), Jennifer Plocinik (573), Curcio (568) and Alex Bapties (567) in air rifle while Martin (576), Korinek (570), Curcio (557), Bapties (552) and Dlecalzo (547) competed in smallbore. The women’s team saw results from Gelpey (575), Sawyers (564), Coots (563) and Royal (561) in air rifle. The same quartet of Sawyers (559), Coots (554), Gelpey (544) and Royal (494) also fired in smallbore.

After making the necessary adjustments for day two, the mixed team increased its aggregate from a score of 4566 to 4601 while the women’s team saw an uptick as well going from 4414 to 4416. Korinek (591), Martin (584), Curcio (579), Bapties (572) and Plocinik (565) all chipped in for the improved score for the mixed team in air rifle. In smallbore, the mixed team received targets from Martin (579), Korinek (576), Plocinik (562), Curcio (558) and Bapties (555). The women’s team saw action from its same foursome as Sawyers (581), Gelpey (575), Coots (560) and Royal (549) shot in air rifle. Sawyers (551), Coots (551), Gelpey (540) and Royal (511) also competed in smallbore.

“Saturday’s competition saw us down on our aggregate average a little bit but we were able to come back on Sunday for a stronger outing,” said UT Martin head coach MJ Vowell. “It was great to see Celia Gelpey shoot her career high in air rifle on Saturday and then turn right around and tie it on Sunday as well as Andre Delcalzo setting a new high in air rifle on Saturday.”

The Skyhawks kick off spring competition as they host the UTM Rifle Open from Jan. 16-21.