PALMYRA, Pa. -- The Coast Guard Rifle Team opened the second half of the season on the road with a loss to fifth ranked University of Alaska at Fairbanks 4,666-4,381 at the 2017 Palmyra Invitational.
The Bears were not able to put together a performance fitting of their ability. Some shooters were able to step up and have personal bests while others faltered.
Coast Guard was led by senior Nick Paisker, who shot a 542 in smallbore and a 574 in air rifle for an aggregate total of 1,116. Sophomore Randall Ford was hard on his heels with a 561 in smallbore, a personal best, and a 551 in Air Rifle which gave him a person best aggregate of 1112.
Sophomore Jacob Dupree and freshman Dylan Lorence rounded out the top four scores with Dupree putting together a 1081 aggregate based on a 531 smallbore and a 550 air. Lorence posted a 529 smallbore combined with a 536 air for a 1065. Marshall Grant, a sophomore, trailed Lorence by a single point in aggregate, 1064, with a 521 smallbore and a 543 air.
The Bears used the Palmyra Invitational to season this year's crop of new shooters with Freshman Joseph Busching, Kaden Nichols, Alaric Stone, and Nyjah Turner competing as individuals, along with Sophomores Melissa Brizzi and David Rose.
The Nanooks' Saden Maddalena was the top-overall shooter of the day, posting an aggregate score of 1,176.
Coast Guard, now 9-6 on the season, and undefeated in conference action, takes on Texas Christian University and The Ohio State University next week at TCU.