Rifle Sets School Record, Bragg Wins Smallbore Event
FORT BENNING, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University mixed rifle team opened their NCAA rifle season yesterday at Fort Benning, Ga. competing with nationally-ranked Columbus State University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
NGCSU freshman Casadie Bragg started the day with a solid 560/600 in the demanding three-position smallbore match to take the individual win. Sophomore Cadet and team captain Luke Duncan, freshman Cadet Kyle Bailey, and freshman Sara Howell, along with Bragg, combined to set a new school record in the event. NGCSU finished second as a team behind CSU, who are ranked 16th in the nation.
In the air rifle match, CSU's Abbey Casey set the pace with a strong 583/600 to win the individual event. NGCSU's Bragg led the Saints and finished fifth individually. NGCSU again finished second behind CSU in the team event with a commanding 80-point lead over UAB.
After the match, Bragg commented, "Smallbore went well today. I know air wasn't my best and I can do better. I'm pretty satisfied with today for my first college matches and had a lot of support."
Head Coach Tori Kostecki was pleased overall with the team's performance. "As a team, we continue to grow stronger, and, in this match, cut CSU's margin of victory in half from last season." Kostecki continued, "We have things to work on but are off to a great start. The team is working hard and getting stronger."
In total, the Saints broke four out of the six school records.
NGCSU returns to action this coming weekend, Saturday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 30, hosting the season-opening air rifle tournament for the Southeastern Rifle Conference at home with smallbore on Sunday. The tournament will be held in the Colonel Hamilton range, on campus at the far (east) end of the Military Leadership Center, right across from Dairy Queen. At this tournament, Coach Kostecki makes her debut as the new Conference Director.
Next weekend's events will be the first home matches on the new electronic scoring target system installed over the summer. Similar to targets used in the Olympics, and by most major collegiate teams, shots are scored instantly and displayed on the shooter's individual display screen. Larger spectator screens above each shooter allow spectators to see the shots and scores. A large screen in the range lobby allows spectators to see the targets and live rankings.
Matches start at 8:00 a.m. both days and spectators are welcome all day. Come see the Saints in action and see their upgraded range and targets.