Rifle Teams Resume Competition, Fall to Morehead
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com
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LEXINGTON, Va. – Looking to kick off the 2019 calendar year with an upset over Morehead State, the VMI rifle teams fell to the Eagles Saturday at Kilbourne Hall.

Morehead State earned the win with 4638 aggregate points (2293 smallbore, 2345 air rifle) while the VMI men came in second (4467) and the VMI women in third (4351).

Senior John Pitman led the smallbore for the Keydets with 569 points for fifth place with Hunter Jacob trailing closely in sixth with 567. William Davidson logged 553 points for 11th place and Simon Krauthamer also scored team points with a 533.

Junior Kelia Aardema led the women’s team in the smallbore with a 13th-place mark of 539 with teammate Jessica Hankin coming close behind with 530 points for 15th place.

The men’s air rifle was also paced by Pitman, who landed a 569 for 10th place in the field and freshman Krauthamer coming in 12th with 562 points. Jason Gardner enjoyed a solid performance with 561 points and Chris Millien arrived in 15th with 558.

Samantha Reid led all Keydets for the event with a ninth-place tally of 571 points. Aardema (11th, 569) and Bell (17th, 554) also scored team points for the women’s team.

The Keydets return to action next Saturday when they travel to The Citadel for a dual in Charleston, South Carolina.

Full results:



Team Scores

Morehead State                               2293       2345       4638

VMI                                                       2222       2245       4467

VMI Women                                      2105       2246       4351      



Men’s Smallbore

John Pitman                       569         5th

Hunter Jacob                      567         6th

William Davidson             553         11th

Simon Krauthamer          533         14th

Nick Reynolds                    526         16th

Joseph Snyder                   507         19th


Women’s Smallbore

Kelia Aardema                   539         13th

Jessica Hankin                    530         15th

Samantha Reid                  525         17th

Claire Lee                            511         18th

Savanah Diamond            501         20th



Air Rifle

Men’s Air Rifle

John Pitman                       569         10th

Simon Krauthamer          562         12th

Jason Gardner                   561         13th

Chris Milliken                     558         15th

Hunter Jacob                      557         16th

Nick Reynolds                    547         19th


Women’s Air Rifle

Samantha Reid                  571         9th

Kelia Aardema                   569         11th

Sabrina Bell                         554         17th

Jessica Hankin                    552         18th

Lauren Dost                        540         20th