Columbus, Ohio --- After the first day of the 2017 NCAA Championships, the Nebraska rifle team is in seventh place with a smallbore score of 2,308.
Rachel Martin, Jaycee Carter and Nina Radulovic shot first for the Huskers. Martin led the first group with 577, while Radulovic followed with 574. Carter added 572. Dacotah Faught and Samantha Peterson represented Nebraska in the second relay, firing 582 and 575, respectively. Despite a great effort, none of the Huskers advanced to the smallbore finals.
West Virginia’s Morgan Phillips claimed the smallbore title, while teammate and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Ginny Thrasher placed second. Casey Lutz of TCU finished third. This marks the second consecutive year that a freshman from West Virginia has taken home the smallbore title, as Thrasher placed first in 2016.
In the team competition, West Virginia is currently in first place with a score of 2,336, while TCU (2,334) and Kentucky (2,331) are close behind in second and third place, respectively. Murray State ranks fourth with 2,326, while Alaska-Fairbanks is in fifth (2,317) and Ohio State is sixth (2,311). Air Force is in eighth place with 2,307.
The 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships continue tomorrow with the air rifle portion. The first relay is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (CT). For live stats, visit http://results.megalink.no/#/ncaa-championships. For championship information, visit http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/c-rifle/spec-rel/ncaa-championships-2017.html and for live video, of the event visit ncaa.com.