Rifle Falls vs. Ole Miss in Home Opener

Rifle Falls vs. Ole Miss in Home Opener

by Evan Crane

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky rifle team fell in its home opener Saturday against Ole Miss, 4716-4675.
“I am very disappointed for our shooters. They have worked very hard and for them not to get the numbers they were looking for is always disheartening,” UK head coach Harry Mullins said. “I feel we have a lot more in us than what we showed today. The upside of today is that it gave us plenty to work on. We will have to get back up and on the range next week for another pair of tough matches. This is a very competitive season and the parity is very close.”
Kentucky scored a 2318 in smallbore and 2357 in air rifle, while Ole Miss scored a 2345 in smallbore and 2371 in air rifle. Ole Miss’ Kristen Derting and Lea Horvath led all shooters. Derting scored a 591 in smallbore and 593 in air rifle for an aggregate of 1184, while Horvath had a 592 in air rifle and smallbore for a 1184 aggregate.
Senior Mitchell Nelson led Kentucky with a 1175 aggregate, scoring a 585 in smallbore and 590 in air rifle. Fellow senior Richard Clark scored a 582 in smallbore and 591 in air rifle for a 1173 aggregate. Junior Jaden Thompson scored a 577 in smallbore and 587 in air rifle, while fellow junior Mason Hamilton scored a 574 in smallbore and 586 in air rifle. Junior Emmie Sellers score a 572 in smallbore and 583 in air rifle, while freshman Allison Buesseler shot a 569 in smallbore and 589 in air rifle.
Saturday’s match vs. Ole Miss started four straight home matches to end the 2021 portion of the schedule. Next weekend, UK hosts the Kentucky Long Rifle Match with Morehead State and Murray State. The following day, UK hosts Memphis on Sunday, Nov. 14 and rounds out the 2021 schedule against Akron on Saturday, Nov. 20.
For more information on the Kentucky rifle team, visit UKathletics.com or follow UKRifle on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  
Mary Tucker Wins Bronze at ISSF President’s Cup
Kentucky rifle stars Mary Tucker and Will Shaner competed internationally this weekend at the ISSF President’s Cup in Wroclow, Poland.
Tucker earned yet another international medal Saturday as she finished third in the women’s 10m air rifle competition. Shaner made it to the semifinals of the men’s 10m air rifle and both he and Tucker competed in the air rifle 10m mixed team.
Tucker is also scheduled to participate in the 50m rifle three positions competition.

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