By Lars Dalseide | March 16 2014 10:16

From USA Shooting - Kentucky’s Davis Wins NCAA Air Rifle Title, West Virginia Claims 16th National Championship

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Colorado Springs, Colorado - In college rifle, days don’t come much bigger than this.

The NCAA Rifle National Championships came to a close today on the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray, Ky. with No. 1-ranked West Virginia claiming a nation-best 16th NCAA championship. The Mountaineers claimed their second championship in a row with their score of 4,705, beating the previous record score of 4,700 set in 2011 by Kentucky.

“I don’t think we’ve ever been this relaxed coming into a championships,” said West Virginia coach Jon Hammond. “I think that came from the team being confident in its capabilities and also from really good preparation. We were ready for this competition – we were ready to shoot well and shoot consistently anywhere, at any time.”

Third-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks placed second with a total score of 4,677 and second-ranked Kentucky placed third with a score of 4,675. West Virginia also claimed the smallbore title yesterday with a score of 2,388.

Air Rifle National Champion Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) can now also add “NCAA Air Rifle National Champion” to his accomplishments when he claimed the title today shooting a 205.4 to best Maren Prediger of West Virginia (205.0). In the team competition, Davis shot a 593, the third-best score of the day to qualify him for the finals. Davis built up a lead early in the first two, three shot series that Prediger couldn’t overcome. Read more about his winning performance in Morgan (Hicks) Wallizer’s analysis below.

Prediger’s West Virginia teammate Ziva Dvorsak finished in third with a score of 185.1.

The 2014 NRA Collegiate All-American Rifle Teams were also announced at these NCAA Rifle National Championships. Winners of the All-American title, recognized as the highest honor in collegiate shooting, have gone on to distinguish themselves in international competitions, representing their country both nationally and internationally.

To see who was named to which team, please visit: www.usashooting.org//library/2014_NRA_Collegiate_All_Americans.docx

For finals scores from the NCAA Rifle National Championships: http://www.usashooting.org/library/Final_Results_Book.pdf

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