SEVERAL CAREER AND SEASON-HIGH SCORES SET DURING BUSY WEEK FOR RIFLE TEAM
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rifle teams concluded a successful weekend, as they hosted the UT Martin Invitational before racking up the second-highest aggregate score in program history at Murray State on Sunday.
In the UT Martin Invitational, the Skyhawk mixed team finished just one point shy of taking home the team smallbore title, compiling 2,277 points. UT Martin’s mixed squad also finished in second in the air rifle competition – piling up 2,301 points – while the Skyhawk women’s team placed third in both the smallbore (2,164) and air rifle (2,242) competitions.
Sophomore Steve Hahn finished second in the individual smallbore ranks, compiling a season-best score of 581. Joe Barefoot came in fourth with a score of 569, followed by top-10 finishes by Mark McClallen (sixth, 564) and Dana Maurizio (eighth, 563).
Sean O’Brien finished his smallbore round with a score of 555, followed closely by Jessica Cobb’s 549 and Nikki Kroll’s 548. Jamie Arnett (540), Kelly James (539) and Jordan Goodwin (537) slotted back-to-back-to-back finishes, while Jacob Stolley fired a career-high 528. Jordan Jensen and Jennifer Greeves fired totals of 523 and 521, respectively, to close out the smallbore competition.
In air rifle, Cobb paced five top-eight finishers for UT Martin – as her score of 579 was good enough for fourth place. Hahn (fifth place) tallied 578 points, while Barefoot and Maurizio tied for the sixth spot with identical scores of 572. McClallen earned eighth place honors by firing a 571.
Arnett’s 565 was just one point shy of the top-10, while O’Brien (563) and James (562) finished in back-to-back slots. Kroll compiled a score of 560, Goodwin shot a 555 and Stolley recorded a career-high 549. Greeves (539) and Jensen (538) wrapped up the Skyhawks’ strong performance in air rifle.
At Murray State on Sunday, the UT Martin mixed team pieced together 2,316 air rifle points to go along with 2,274 smallbore points for an aggregate score of 4,590 – falling just shy of the school record of 4,601 set in the season opener at Memphis back on Sept. 29. The Skyhawk women’s squad scored 4,454 cumulative points (2,256 air rifle, 2,198 smallbore).
In air rifle, Hahn led the UT Martin mixed team with a tally of 583. Maurizio fired a solid round of 580, followed by a career-high 578 points out of Barefoot. Cobb (573) and McClallen (572) rounded out the scoring, as O’Brien (career-best 574), Stolley (547) and Jensen (career-best 546) shot as individuals for the Skyhawks.
Kroll produced a team-high 574 to lead the women’s team in air rifle while Goodwin (career-high) and James compiled scores of 564 and 562, respectively. Arnett fired a 556 and Greeves registered a 548 to complete the team scoring in air rifle.
It was Hahn once again who led the mixed team in smallbore, tallying 576 points. McClallen (career-high 569) was the next highest finisher, followed by Barefoot (567) and Maurizio (562). O’Brien’s career-best tally of 559 concluded the scoring for the mixed teams. Cobb (553), Jensen (career-best 544) and Stolley (520) competed as individuals for UT Martin.
Leading the women’s side in smallbore was Kroll (559) and James (558), who were separated by a single point. Arnett (season-high 541) and Goodwin (540) also produced scores within one point of each other, while Greeves’ fired a 513 to close out the scoring.
“We did not do really well in our own tournament, losing to Memphis in smallbore by only one point,” UT Martin head coach Bob Beard said. “The team as a whole came back strong at Murray and put together a real solid performance. I hope we can focus that well in the Ohio Valley Conference championships next weekend."
The OVC championships will take place on Feb. 2-3 in Morehead, Ky.