No. 20 UTEP Rifle Shoots Second-Best Score Of Season In NCAA Qualifier
Feb. 22, 2014
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – The No. 20 UTEP rifle team fired its second-best score (4563) on the year to wrap up competition on a high note at an NCAA qualifier involving Alaska-Fairbanks and Nevada Saturday. The Miners, a youth-laden squad with three freshmen shooters and two seniors, took second place in the qualifier. Host Alaska-Fairbanks topped the field (4679) followed by the Orange and Blue (4563) and Nevada (4561).
It marked the second match in as many days that the Miners made an improvement in both disciplines. Given the aforementioned lack of experience, the showing is a tremendous indicator of a bright future that could involve some record-setting results down the road.
Senior Korina Rodriguez fired a team-high 1150 aggregate, showing off her all-around skill set by recording 575 in both the small bore in air rifle.
Freshman Rachael Schoenrock was nearly equal to the task, finishing with her second-best aggregate as a collegian (1149). She opened up at 570 in the smallbore before being even more accurate in the air rilfe at 579.
Fellow classmate Jasmine Juarez enjoyed her second-best day with the Orange and Blue. Her aggregate was 1137, one shy of her personal best. The El Paso native fired at 560 in the smallbore and then heated up to record a total of 577 in the air rifle.
Another freshman, Jessica Kinder, was close behind at 1127. Kinder’s effort in the air rifle(581) marked her third straight match to eclipse 580 in the category, which is a direct correlation of her hard work in the range. She had started the shooting in smallbore, posting a sum of 546.
Areli Oros rounded out the efforts for UTEP with a sum of 1050. She checked in at 513 in the smallbore while concluding the meet in the air rifle at 537.
The overall effort by the team at the qualifier was a great step in direction for the program, which showed off its character and determination.