Cincinnati, Ohio -- The Nebraska rifle team finished fourth overall at the 44th annual Walsh Invitational Rifle Match hosted by Xavier. The match, which took place over four weekends beginning Oct. 29 and ending Nov. 19, featured 18 collegiate teams and 10 junior teams.
The Huskers finished second in air rifle with a score of 1,552 and fourth in smallbore (4,622) for an overall total of 6,174.
In air rifle, the Huskers finished behind 2000 NCAA champion Alaska-Fairbanks, whose score of 1,578 was a Nicholas J. Walsh Memorial Range and Walsh Invitational record. Nebraska junior Terim Richards led the Huskers with a 392, to finish sixth among 178 competitors. Freshman Melissa Downsbrough fired a 389 to finish 13th, while sophomore Nicole Allaire finished 17th with a 388. Junior Rachel Spiry rounded out the team score with a 383 to finish 34th. Sophomore Amanda Trujillo and freshman Heather Pissos fired as individuals. Trujillo finished ninth with a 391, while Pissos shot a 374 (75th).
In the smallbore competition, Downsbrough earned a fifth-place finish with a season-high score of 1,174. Trujillo fired a 1,154 to finish 29th, while Allaire shot a 1,151 to claim 34th-place. Pissos rounded out the team scoring with a 1,143 (47th). Spiry, competing as an individual, shot a career-high 1,153 to finish 30th.
Alaska-Fairbanks captured the team title with a score of 4,719 to give it an aggregate score of 6,297. Both were Walsh and range records. The Nanooks' Matt Emmons won both individual titles, firing a near-perfect 399 in air rifle and a 1,188 in smallbore.
The Huskers will next be in action when they host Wyoming and Missouri-Kansas City in Lincoln on Dec.2. The match will be held at the Nebraska Indoor Rifle Range, located in the Military and Naval Sciences Building just east of the Coliseum. Competition is set to begin at 8 a.m.