MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rifle program is set to compete at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships this weekend in Murray, Ky. Smallbore relays will take place at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 while the air rifle relays will take place at 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4.
“We have had a good season with some really good scores both individually and as teams,” said head coach MJ Vowell. “Coming off a double-duty weekend by competing at the UTM Rifle Open and the Withrow Invitational, the team performed well and we are looking to keep up the momentum going into the weekend. We are looking to our strong corps of seniors to lead the pack in the championships and we do have several young shooters who will definitely make an impact.”
The Skyhawks have utilized the opportunities during the fall and early spring schedules to mold their abilities. Several Skyhawks have posted career-highs as well as contributing to some of the best overall aggregates in program history.
Sophomore Kaitlin Korinek set a program-best 586 in smallbore on Oct. 14 against Jacksonville State before shattering that mark yet again just one day later against North Georgia. Korinek (576.1 average in smallbore and 586.1 average in air rifle) along with senior Joe Martin (577 average in smallbore and 584.1 average in air rifle) have paced the mixed team on the season. Freshman Celia Gelpey (547.5 average in smallbore and 562 average in air rifle) has taken great strides in her first season on the women’s squad.
The mixed team will feature the talented group of Alex Bapties, Brigitte Curcio, Andre Delcalzo, Korinek, Martin, Jacob Osborne, Sean Phillips, Jennifer Plocinik and Alex Tamboli. Although the women’s team will not compete as a squad, the shooters will fire as individuals with Ashley Coots, Gelpey Kalen Royal and Brianna Sawyers and will look to make impacts for UT Martin.
For more information on the 2018 OVC Rifle Championships, visit the tournament central link above.