By Kyle Jillson | March 15 2014 20:00

Wolverines poised to defend national title after first place finish in Smallbore Championship

Mohawk adorned rifleman takes aim at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia - Defending champions University of Michigan are half way to their third NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship after winning today's Smallbore title with a commanding 2146.

North Dakota State University, currently in second, sits 60-points behind the Wolverines with a 2086. Clemson University has a hold of third while Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Purdue, Wisconsin-Superior, and Canisus ROTC round out the top seven.

Shooters take a moment at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning

"We couldn't have asked for better whether in today's Smallbore Championship," said Tori Croft, NRA's Manager of Collegiate and School Programs. "All the students looked like they were having fun and we're excited to see so many new faces enjoying the shooting sports."

NDSU's Brandon Godbout had the distinction of being the day's top shooter. He currently leads Individual Aggregate race with a 554, but only two points ahead of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's John Finegan.

Competitor cleans his glasses before realigning his rifle at the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Championships in Georgia

Competitors fired 60 shots in today's Smallbore Championship, 20 in each of the prone, standing, and kneeling positions. Tomorrow's Air Rifle Championship gives shooters a chance to add up to 600 more points to their score with 60 standing shots.

This year's NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships features more than 50 shooters from college rifle clubs all over the United States. Both the Smallbore and Air Rifle championships are hosted by the US Army Marksmanship Unit, who made available its top-of-the-line Pool International Range Complex at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Shooters will move indoors for tomorrow's match just in time, as the forecast calls for heavy thunderstorms all day. Good luck and stay dry.

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