Nanooks hold on in bid for their 11th national championship in NCAA Rifle
Columbus, Ohio - The University of Alaska Nanooks, who finished the regular season at No. 5, are holding on to their lead at the NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State. With scores from three of their four shooters accounted for, the Nanooks are sporting a 1731 team score. One of NCAA's dynasty teams, Alaska-Fairbanks has ten titles to their name, the most recent being in 2008.
Just behind them in second is the other dynasty team, West Virginia University, trailing by four with a 1727. Rounding out third is last year's defending champion, Texas Christian University, with a 1723.
Not only are these scores close, but we still need to add the shooters from Relay #3 to get the full picture. Any of these teams could walk away with the Smallbore Championship as easily as they could lose their spot in the top-3 to another competitor.
In the individual championship, Alaska's Ryan Anderson, Nebraska's Denise Martin and West Virginia's Thomas Kyanko are still first second and third respectively. But their lead won't be so easy to maintain as the top eight shooters will return to the firing line to settle things. Finals start at 4:30 PM at which point we'll also know the outcome of the team championship.
In the meantime, enjoy more photos below from today's Smallbore Championship.