UAF rolls to tri-meet victory
Nanooks match season-high air rifle to top Gamecocks, Huskers
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Freshman Ryan Anderson fired a match-high 584 in smallbore and Mats Eriksson led all shooters with a 589 in air rifle to help lift the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks to a pair of victories against Jacksonville State and Nebraska on Thursday at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range.
The No. 6 Blue and Gold combined for an aggregate score of 4,663, while No. 9 JSU was second with a 4,648 and No. 12 Nebraska finished third with a 4,594.
After scoring just five points better than JSU in smallbore (2,312-2,307), the Nanooks tied their season-high in air rifle at 2,351 to add a 10-point buffer to their lead against the Gamecocks for a 15-point margin of victory. The Cornhuskers combined for a 2,274 in smallbore and a 2,320 in air gun.
JSU's Samuel Muegge notched the second-best smallbore score on the day, two-points behind Anderson, with a 582, while UAF sophomore Julia Redzia was third with a 578. The Gamecocks' Cole Tucker and Andrea Dardas were fourth (577) and fifth (576), respectively, and Nanooks' Mike Liuzza (6th), Eriksson (7th) and Scott Franz (8th) all shot a 575.
Anna Hjelmevoll (9th, 573) and Robert Williams (20th, 544) rounded out the Nanooks' participants in the field of 20 shooters.
For air gun, the Blue and Gold matched their best season performance behind four of the top-five scores on the day. The Nanooks had previously combined for a 2,351 in their season opener at Ole Miss on Oct. 5.
Eriksson and JSU's Monica Fyfe tallied 589s, while Hjelmevoll was third with a 588 and Liuzza and Anderson were fourth and fifth, respectively with 587.
Redzia shot a 580 (11th), Franz a 576 (14th) and Williams a 565 (19th).