By Kyle Jillson | March 18 2010 10:45

The second day of the Rifle Championships was held at TCU's Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Here shooters squared off with air rifles as spectators watched from the comfortable seats of the arena. Like the previous year, score displays were projected on to huge screens that could be seen from any seat.

There were only two relays for air rifle as a larger line could be accomodated. After each got off their 60 shots, the 14 who had made it to the finals were called in after a short break. Janine Dutton, Nebraska; Jonathan Hall, Columbus State; Ashley Jackson, Kentucky; Erin Lorenzen, Texas Christian; Caitlin Morrissey, Texas Christian; Emily Quiner, Murray; Keely Stankey, Mississippi and Sarah Scherer, Texas Christian took their positions and the air rifle finals began.

Like in smallbore the day before, it once again came down to the last shot. Jonathan Hall and Erin Lorenzen were neck and neck for the lead until, with the final shot, Hall pulled ahead. Posting a 104.9 in the final and 699.9 overall, Hall had won the Air Rifle Championship.

At this point Lorenzen became tied with Ashley Jackson of Kentucky who had been close behind the two leaders and made a strong finish. The two faced off in a tiebreaker, tieing again multiple times, until Jackson edged out Lorenzen and claimed 2nd. Both shooters finished with a 697.4 total, though Jackson shot a 104.4 in the finals while Lorenzen had a 103.4.

After collecting their gear and returning to their teams, the awards were presented.

In the individual championships Sarah Scherer took the Smallbore Championship with a 685.0 and Jonathan Hall claimed the Air Rifle Championship with a 699.9.

Texas Christian University, the host school, didn't need to go far to bring home its first team championship with an overall score of 4,675. Congratulations to the 2010 champions.


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