WVU Rifle Wins 19th NCAA National Championship!

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With much attention being paid to March Madness, other college sports seasons are also drawing to a close. And recently, my beloved alma mater West Virginia University’s Rifle Team won the National Championship.

Not only that, it is an NCAA-best 19th title. And 5th consecutive for the dominant program out of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Many, many trophies…

On a team in which Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher gets much attention, other Mountaineers gained accolades. Freshmen(!) Milica Babic won the individual air rifle championship, while Morgan Philips won the smallbore championship. That’s right, both rookies. In fact, Philips was in the final for air rifle; this is one year after Thrasher swept BOTH in 2016. Plus, a female shooter from WVU has won the NCAA air rifle title in three straight seasons and four times since 2013. Simply amazing.

College Rifle consists of two events: air rifle and smallbore. In air rifle, shooters stand and shoot .177-caliber lead pellets from about 11 yards out. Shooters get 105 minutes for 60 shots and the bullseye is a half millimeter wide…basically about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. The guns are air or gas-powered and have 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 to the shooter’s preference.

I feel like I can just copy/paste this blog entry every year. Images from their Twitter and Facebook accounts, and some details come from WVU Sports…read more! #HailWV!

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