For the third straight match, the Ole Miss rifle team set a school record, shooting a 4687 (18 points better than the previous mark from last Saturday) in a loss at No. 5 Alaska-Fairbanks. Remarkably, Alaska’s score of 4725 broke their school record by 13 points.
In smallbore the Nanooks tallied a 2350 compared to Ole Miss’ 2324. Senior Jessica Haig shot a personal best 585 to lead the Rebels. Randi Loudin also fired a personal best (583). Harley Gardner (580) and freshmen Abby Buesseler and Emily Cock tied at (576).
Alaska’s smallbore score exceeded their season best by 23 points and was also a new school record. UAF was led by All-American Sagen Maddelena, who fired a 590. She was closely followed by Liam Eberhart (588), Luke Johnson (586) and JT Schnering (586).
In air rifle, Ole Miss fired a 2363 compared to Alaska’s 2375. Abby Buesseler turned in a personal best 594 to lead the Rebels. Jessica Haig (592), Emily Cock (589) and freshman Kamilla Kisch (588) also contributed to the Rebels’ total.
Sagen Maddelena led the Nanooks in air rifle as well, nearly firing a perfect score with a 599. She dropping her lone point on her 58th shot of 60. Her teammate Luke Johnson fired 598 followed by JT Schnering who had 592 and Liam Eberhart at 587.
“Needless to say, we are excited to have done well today,” said head coach Marsha Beasley. We had three team members fire personal bests. Our score today is the second highest smallbore score in Ole Miss history, just one point short of the record established in 2005. This is the third match in a row where we have set a school record.”
The Rebels will compete against No. 1 ranked West Virginia University Saturday at the Tanana Valley Sportsmen’s Club in Fairbanks.