No. 2 TCU Horned Frogs hold steady behind No. 1 West Virginia

Texas Christian wins NCAA 2012 Rifle Championships at Ohio State University

Fairfax, Virginia - After its first week back from the winter break, everything remains in place in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Poll. Most teams have one or two matches left before their conference championships and/or the NCAA qualifiers.

The top seated West Virginia Mountaineers hosted the then-No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers at their range January 19, winning the match 4689-4661. The next day, the No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats beat the then-No. 10 Memphis Tigers 4646-4598. Although both the Cornhuskers and Tigers lost, the two teams each moved up a spot in the CRCA Poll. Nebraska now sits at No. 7, trading places with Air Force despite losing to them the weekend prior and Memphis moved to No. 9 after Murray State's defeat at the hands of Jacksonville State.

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WVU Mountaineers bump TCU Horned Frogs back to second at conclusion of Winter Airgun Championships

2012 NCAA Air Rifle Champion Petra Zublasing of the West Virginia Mountaineers

After getting bumped to No. 2 for three weeks, West Virginia took the top spot back after an impressive showing at the 2012 USA Shooting Winter Airgun Championships Nov 30 - Dec 2.

Five Mountaineers attended the championships where they faced off against six members of the then-No. 1, and defending NCAA champions, Texas Christian University Horned Frogs and dozens of other collegiate shooters.

As WVU rose to No 1., TCU fell to No. 2., adding another chapter to the tight race the 2012-2013 season has been. NCAA rankings are based on the average of a team's top three qualifying scores and these two teams have been neck and neck all year. I'm sure they are itching to settle things when they face off in the NCAA Rifle Championships this March.

Everything isn't about WVU and TCU though, and still-threatening Kentucky and Alaska-Fairbanks stayed at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

Jacksonville State moved up one position to No. 6 and Army, Nebraska, Murray State, Air Force and Memphis sit in that order to round out the top 10.

The season is almost over and teams are preparing for the last slate of matches to begin this week. If the last part of the season is anything like the first, it'll be close all the way to the crowning of the national champion at the NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State.

West Virginia holds steady as Kentucky leaps Texas Christian University for No. 2 spot

2012 NCAA Air Rifle Champion Petra Zublasing of the West Virginia Mountaineers

After shooting a NCAA-best team score and school record 4717 in its win over No. 10 Memphis last week, West Virginia University has retained their No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll for the third week. The Mountaineers are now 4-0 and have jumped out to be an early favorite for the 2013 title. But it is still very early in the season. Lots of things can happen between now and March.

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Wildcats win 2012 NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championships

Kentucky Smallbore shooter at the NCAA Championships at Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio - The Kentucky Wildcats repeated a win of the team smallbore championship yesterday, shooting a 2328 and establishing a 3-point lead over 2nd place Army in the 2012 NCAA Rifle Championships.

Last year the Wildcats came into the second day's air rifle championship with a seven point lead and held on by three to claim the school's first national championship.

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Kentucky Wildcats and TCU Horned Frogs rifle teams vie for the regular season's top spot

Shooters from the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships on NRAblog

The 2012 NCAA Rifle Championships are approaching quickly, and with it the close of Rifle's regular season. On January 21, the then-ranked #1 Kentucky Wildcats and #2 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, the team national champions from 2011 and 2010 respectively, went head-to-head in a match that saw its fair share of exemplary shooting.

Posting a 2,341 in smallbore, and creating a 14-point lead, the Frogs had excellent performences by their shooters, including a personal record of 590 from Sarah Beard.

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