The Alaska Rifle team won the small bore championship on Friday, and took a 12 shot lead into Saturday’s air rifle portion of the overall championship.
There was a good crowd in the Patty Center gym on Saturday, which had been turned into a rifle range for the final day of shooting. Alaska, arguably the top small bore team in the country had the lead, but West Virginia was arguably the best air rifle team in the country and something had to give.
In the end, West Virginia came through with a two shot victory over Alaska: 4702 points vs 4700. TCU took home third place in the event. It was West Virginia’s 17th National Championship in Rifle, and this was the second year in a row that Alaska finished runner up to them.
The 2016 Championships will be held on the campus of the University of Akron. It will be the first NCAA Championship in any sport to be held at that institution. Good luck in advance to Coach Engel and the Zips!