Akron, Ohio --- Rachel Martin advanced to the smallbore finals at the 2017 Great America Rifle Conference Championships on Friday in Akron and finished in eighth place overall with a qualifying score of 583 and a finals score of 375. As a team, the Huskers finished with a smallbore score of 2,303 which currently ties them for fifth place after the first day.
In the first relay, Kayla Gadeken, competing individually only, earned a score of 565. Senior All-Americans Martin and Jaycee Carter, along with sophomore Nina Radulovic took the line next, firing 583, 576 and 561 respectively. In the final relay, Dacotah Faught and Samantha Peterson each notched 572.
In the finals, Martin competed alongside Elizabeth Gratz (West Virginia), Payne Nunn (Army West Point), Ginny Thrasher (West Virginia), Lauren Phillips (NC State), Morgan Phillips (West Virginia), Billy Azzinaro (Kentucky) and Makennon Doran (Memphis). NC State’s Lauren Phillips claimed the title, while West Virginia’s Morgan Phillips placed second and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Ginny Thrasher finished third.
West Virginia holds the No. 1 spot with 2,341, Army West Point is in second (2,311) and Kentucky is in third (2,306). NC State holds the fourth spot with 2,304, while Memphis is tied for fifth with NU. Navy (2,295) is in seventh, while Ole Miss (2,286) and Akron (2,286) are tied for eighth.
The GARC Championships continue tomorrow with air rifle. The first relay is set to begin at 7 a.m. For live stats, visit http://results.megalink.no/#/megalink-usa.