Rifle Ranked in Top Twenty in Nation
Feb. 4, 2004
The Tigers broke into the top twenty in the latest Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll, ranking 16th in the country in smallbore and 10th in the air rifle scoring. The Tigers wrapped a busy week at the end of January with the UT Martin and the Tiger Spring Open Events, finishing fifth in the smallbore and air at UT Martin and 1st in the Tiger Spring Open with a new school record of 1,549 points.
The Skyhawk Invitational at U-T Martin Jan. 28
Freshman Katie Benjamin had her best day as a Tiger finishing in fifth place in the individual standings in the smallbore event with a 1160 and second in the air with a 389. Fellow freshman Sarah Carr set a new personal record in the air with a 388. Memphis finished in fifth place overall in smallbore and air behind Murray State, UT Martin, Missouri-Kansas City and Ole Miss and defeating Morehead State. Memphis also finished second in the air rifle competition behind event winner Murray State and defeating Ole Miss, UT Martin (Mixed), Missouri-KC, UT Martin (Womens), Austin Peay, Morehead State, UAB and Mercer.
Tiger Spring Open at Memphis Jan. 22-29
The Tigers set new school record at the Tigers Sprint Open. Led by Tiger All-American Beth Tidmore's new personal best of 396, Memphis set a new team mark of 1549. Freshman Katie Benjamin had her best day in air rifle as a Tiger with 391, while Sarah Carr shot a personal-best 390. Freshman Brian Phillip shot a 372 to give Memphis the new record. Junior J.B Vaughan competed as an individual at the tournament, finishing with a 381, while senior Bobby Leblanc finished with a 362. Memphis defeated Austin Peay (1443), UAB (1237), and Mercer 1191 at the home tournament.
Withrow Invitational at Murray Ky Jan.30
Memphis finished seventh out of 11 participating teams at the Withrow Invitataional at Murray State University, January 30th. Memphis' 6005 was its second-highest aggregate score of the season. The Tigers also wound up in 4th place in the air (out of 13 teams) behind Murray
State, Jacksonville State and Kentucky, all top 10 teams nationally.
Bobby Leblanc had his second highest smallbore score of his career with a 1078.
Katie Benjamin 1145 sb- 389 air 1534 Brian Phillips 1122 sb- 386 air 1508 JB Vaughan 1116 sb- 384 air 1500 Bobby Leblanc 1078sb Sarah Carr 385 air
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