By Kyle Jillson | November 30 2012 08:36

Texas Christian University Horned Toads lead sport into two month break

Texas Christian University shooter Caitlin Morrissey at the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - The NCAA Rifle season takes a break this time of year to allow students to focus on their school work and the upcoming winter break. Now that the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll is out, we see there was some change, but not among the top-ranked teams.

It comes as no surprise that Texas Christian (6-0) stayed at No. 1 after beating No. 3 Kentucky 4718-4693 - at Kentucky. Behind them sits West Virginia (9-0) at No. 2, coming off a two-win weekend at No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks.

While those two ranks were a sure bet, uncertainty lay at Nos. 3 and 4 where the top two teams' recently defeated opponents sat. As we theorized last week, Kentucky (6-1) and Alaska-Fairbanks (2-2-1) stayed in their exact spots. They may have suffered losses, but KU and UAF are good teams themselves and put up good fights.

Change in the CRCA poll finally came at No. 5, where Air Force is now situated. The Falcons jumped two spots from No. 7 after defeating then-No. 6 Nebraska, who has since fallen to No. 11. Air Force's jump pushed Jacksonville State back to No. 6, and Army and Nevada both moved up one to No. 7 and No. 8 respectively. At No. 9, Memphis and Murray State are currently tied.

And that's it until January 2013 when things pick up again. Just a few more matches per squad and then we're in qualifiers for the NCAA Rifle Championships this March. See you in a couple months.

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