UK Rifle Opens 2024 With Win at Army

UK Rifle Opens 2024 With Win at Army

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Coming back from the holiday break, the No. 3-ranked Kentucky rifle team returned to action Saturday with a 4732-4690 win over No. 16 Army at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center in West Point.

With the victory, Kentucky improved to 7-1 on the season.  The Wildcats will remain in West Point for a match vs. No. 7-ranked Nebraska, slated to start Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Tronsrue Center. Live targets and an NCAA scorecard will be available online at UKathletics.com.

Kentucky opened the match with a 20-point lead in smallbore, 2348 to 2328.  The Wildcats also won the air rifle, 2384 to 2362.  UK’s 4732 aggregate is the second-highest team score of the season.

Sofia Ceccarello led all competitors in smallbore with a 591 score and took home aggregate honors with a total of 1188.  Emmie Sellers won the air rifle division, pounding the zone with a career-high-tying 598.

Three other Wildcats had career-best marks – Martin Voss 595 in air rifle; Jaden Thompson equaled her personal best in smallbore with a 588 tally; and Emily Marne had a career-high 563 in smallbore and tied her career aggregate at 1135.

Kentucky results      SB          AR         Aggregate

Sofia Ceccarello            591       597       1188

Braden Peiser                586       596       1183

Emmie Sellers                580       598+     1178

Martin Voss                    582       595*     1177

Jaden Thompson          588+     589       1177

Allison Buesseler          578       593       1171

AJ Hotko                          570       593*     1163

Emily Marne                  563*     572       1135+

* career high

+ tied career high

After a 54-day layoff between competitions, Coach Harry Mullins was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I was proud of the effort, a good day’s work for the first day back,” Mullins said. “Sofia had a good day and Braden had a solid day on both guns.  Emmie, Martin, AJ and Jaden all had career highs.

“I saw some good things and saw some we can work on. Hopefully we’ll repair some things tomorrow.”

Sunday’s opponent, Nebraska, is averaging a 2333.33 in smallbore and 2375.17 in air rifle for an aggregate average of 4708.50. Cecelia Ossi leads the team with a 585.667 smallbore average and 594.833 air rifle average. The Cornhuskers have a 4-5 record this season.

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