Akron, Ohio --- At the conclusion of air rifle competition at the 2017 Great America Rifle Conference Championships on Friday in Akron, Ohio, the Nebraska rifle team had claimed second place. The Huskers began the day tied for fifth after scoring a total of 2,303 in smallbore the day before, but came together for a superb air rifle score of 2,376. They finished the GARC Championships with a combined score of 4,679.
Rachel Martin and Jaycee Carter led the team in air rifle, both notching a score of 595. Samantha Peterson and Dacotah Faught were close behind with 593, and Nina Radulovic rounded out the Huskers with a score of 590. The team's effort landed them a spot in the Nebraska record books, shooting the highest team air rifle score in school history.
Rachel Martin placed third overall. Jaycee Carter grabbed the eighth spot. In addition to impressive individual performances, the team's overall second place finish is noteworthy as well. Nebraska hasn't placed higher than third at the GARC Championships since they won the title in 2006.
West Virginia remained in the top spot and took home first place with a combined score of 4,725. Kentucky took third (4,667), with NC State (4,660) in fourth and Army West Point (4,649) in fifth. Akron (4,630) grabbed sixth, followed by Memphis (4,620), Ole Miss (4,624), and Navy (4,621).
The Nebraska rifle team qualified for the 2017 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Rifle Championships for the fifth year in a row, tying the school record. Ohio State will host the championships March 10-11 on its campus in Columbus, Ohio.