The NDSU Marksmanship Club air and smallbore rifle teams each took second place in the 16-school Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championship matches held at Purdue University, Feb. 24.
The final WIRC standings are based on four monthly postal matches, plus the final championship match.
The NDSU Air Rifle Team consisting of Brandon Alexander, a freshman in construction management from Devils Lake, North Dakota; Sarah Biggers, a sophomore in radiological sciences from Buffalo, North Dakota; Amanda Hintz, a freshman in agribusiness from Bismarck, North Dakota; Tyler Linneman, a freshman in crop and weed sciences from Emerado, North Dakota; and Rachel Voigt, a freshman in animal sciences from Halliday, North Dakota, finished with a score of 2,273 points out of a possible 2,400 points.
In individual scoring, Hintz finished in second place with a score of 576, while Alexander finished third place with a score of 575. Alexander and Hintz also were named to the 2019 WIRC First All-Conference Air Rifle Team with total season scores of 2,868 and 2,857 points, respectively. Linneman was named to the Second All-Conference Air Rifle Team with a total season score of 2,825. NDSU was named the 2019 Most Improved Team in air rifle competition.
The NDSU Smallbore Rifle Team (.22 caliber) consisting of Alexander, Hintz, Linneman and Voigt finished the conference season with a score of 2,165. In individual scoring, Alexander finished in second place with 558 points and Hintz finished in third place with 553 points. Alexander and Hintz also were named to the 2019 First All-Conference Smallbore Rifle Team.
The teams are coached by Mitchell Godbout of Casselton, North Dakota. Godbout was named the 2019 WIRC Outstanding Smallbore Rifle Coach of the Year. The teams train at the Red River Regional Marksmanship Center in West Fargo and are preparing to compete in the National NRA Collegiate Championship Rifle Matches at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in late March.
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