WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Coast Guard Rifle continued its long series of road trips with a triple header against West Virginia University, Army, and MIT.
While falling to the number one ranked Mountaineers and tenth ranked Army the Bears beat the Engineers of MIT. Nearly hidden in the rainswept 1-2 weekend were a host bright rays of sunshine for the steadily improving rifle team.
Against West Virginia, Coast Guard's Hunter Blankenship, 560, Dalton Stoves, 567, Seth Strayer, 571, and Grayson Wheeler, 572, upped the Academy record in smallbore competition by four points, to a 2270. The effort included personal bests from Anthony Contreras, Aiden Uvanni, Stoves, Strayer, and Wheeler.
An individual record tying effort by Strayer, who shot a 587, anchored Bryce Sturtz, 579, and Wheeler and Blankenship, 576, as the quartet pushed the air rifle record up by 16 points to 2318. Strayer, Stoves, and Blankenship all posted personal bests.
The Bears, now 2-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play, next see action in the President's Cup against Air Force, Army, and Navy at Navy.