Earlier I wrote about WVU Rifle’s undefeated regular season. This past weekend,Â West Virginia University’s Rifle team won a nation’s bestÂ 18th NCAA National Collegiate championship! Not only that, it wasÂ WVU’sÂ 4th consecutive title. The 4,703 score was the 2nd highest score ever shot at the NCAA championship; they shot 4,705 in last year’s final. Along with the overall title, WVU had an impressive outing, winning the smallbore and air rifle team titles as well. Plus, Freshman Ginny Thrasher finished her stellar season by winning the individual titles for smallbore and air rifle while earning Most Outstanding Performer.
College Rifle consists of two events: air rifle and smallbore. In air rifle, shooters stand and shootÂ .177-caliber lead pellets from about 11 yards out.Â Shooters get 105 minutes for 60 shots and the bullseye is a half millimeter wideâ€¦basically about the size of the period at the end of thisÂ sentence. The guns areÂ air or gas-powered and haveÂ metallic sights. In smallbore, shooters use .22-caliber rifles and shoot from prone, standing and kneeling positions at targets about 17 yards downrange. Shooters get 120 minutes for 20 shots from each position and the bullseye is a millimeter. Rifles have metallic sights and can be customized toÂ the shooter’s preference. A perfect score is 600, and to put the level of competition in perspective, the LAST place scores hovered around 570.
What is additionally impressive about the 18 titles is they have all come since 1983. When you think about powerhouse NCAA programs, WVU Rifle is right up there!
Video coverage is below. You can read more on the championshipÂ and reaction at WVU Sports. For more pics and news, follow West VirginiaÂ Rifle onÂ FacebookÂ (where the pics came from) andÂ Twitter. #HailWV