LEXINGTON, Va, - The VMI mixed and women’s rifle teams competed for the second time in as many weeks with the mixed team coming out on top with 4494 points to defeat visiting UAB and Wofford Saturday morning at Kilbourne Hall.
The mixed team combined for the 4494 aggregate points by way of shooting a 2281 in the air rifle and a 2213 smallbore tally to earn the win, topping UAB’s 4484 (2279 air rifle, 2205 smallbore) and a 4372 by Wofford (2230 air rifle, 2142 smallbore). The VMI women placed third in the group with a 4419 aggregate, scoring a 2234 in the air rifle and a 2185 in the smallbore competition.
VMI sophomore Hunter Jacob shot a team record 586 in the air rifle to lead the squad for the category, beating his previous personal best of 581 for the event. Samantha Alexander finished second on the team with a 570 while Nick Reynolds (566) and William Davidson (559) also scored team points. Chris Milliken was close behind with a 552 for the air rifle competition.
In the smallbore, junior John Pitman shot a personal-best 562 to lead the team, topping his prior best score of 555 for the category. Davidson scored a 555 for the second-best tally on the squad with Alexander (550) and Reynolds (545) coming in close behind.
Sabrina Bell again led the VMI women’s team in the air rifle competition by shooting a 564 and was followed by Kaitlyn Morrison’s 558. Senior Katherine Watson shot a 557 and Kerrie Lightfoot provided the final scoring points with a 555. Sister Loyce Lightfoot also participated by logging a 546.
In the women’s smallbore, VMI sophomore Kelia Aardema and senior Alice Chiu led the team with a 550 while Watson finished close behind with a 546. Loyce Lightfoot provided the final team scoring points with a 539.
The VMI rifle teams return to competition on Saturday, Dec. 2, when they travel to Wofford for more Southern Conference action. The event is the final competition of the fall semester for the rifle teams before resuming the season in late January.
VMI Mixed – 4494 (2281 air rifle, 2213 smallbore)
UAB – 4484 (2279 air rifle, 2205 smallbore)
VMI Women – 4419 (2234 air rifle, 2185 smallbore)
Wofford – 4372 (2230 air rifle, 2142 smallbore)