#20 UTEP Rifle Team Gains Experience In Setback At #7 Alaska-Fairbanks

Jennifer Armendariz

Nov. 3, 2012

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The 20th-ranked UTEP rifle team continued its progression in an eventual 4,664-4,467 setback at #7 Alaska-Fairbanks Saturday. The experience will prove beneficial down the road for the Miners, who remained at the NCAA-minimum four shooters in the match.

Following the conclusion of the match, both squads participated in some fan and spectator friendly competitions. Included among those was an eight-person 10 shot air rifle final. It was a motivational exercise that can drive the Miners to higher levels, in addition to being great training since it is used at nationals.

Jennifer Armendariz fired a 574 in the smallbore to extend her streak of 570 or better in the discipline to three in a row. Her longest such stretch in SB is six, which she achieved in 2011-12. The sophomore then put her focus on the air rifle, posting a readout of 583. That marks the 12th consecutive match that she has surpassed 580.

Overall she recorded a score of 1157, which paced the Orange and Blue on the day.

Hannah Muegge was locked in for the air rifle with a score of 572, which matches her second-best effort of the fall in the event. In the smallbore, UTEP's lone senior fired a 558. That figure is just six short of her score posted during the home opener on Oct. 27. The combined effort resulted in an aggregate of 1130, the 12th successive match she's met that mark.

Korina Rodriguez flirted with matching or evening surpassing her career high in the smallbore (572) before settling for a solid score of 568, her second-best effort on the season. She has now scored +565 or better in a personal-best five consecutive contests.

The El Paso native was also sharp in the air rifle with a score of 576, one off her campaign high. She has been the epitome of consistency with 20 straight and 24 of 25 career matches with at least 570. Her aggregate score of 1144 is the second-best showing of the season.



Junior walk-on Areli Oros secured her fourth straight score of 530 or better (532) in the air rifle. That streak matches the longest of her career. She then posted a score of 504 in the smallbore, her fifth-highest score in the discipline since she joined the Orange and Blue. Overall Oros checked in at 1036.

The Miners will continue their campaign when they travel to the "Buckeye State" for a meeting featuring Ohio State, Nebraska, Nevada & TCU.

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