WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Coast Guard opened the second half of the season with an away match against the ninth ranked DI Cornhuskers of the University of Nebraska at Army-West Point.
Fresh from winter leave the Bears were busy scraping away a little bit of rust during the smallbore phase of the match and got off to a slow start. Sophomore Hunter Blankenship posted a 566 to lead the Bears.
Classmates Grayson Wheeler shot a sold 563 in support while Seth Strayer shot a school-record tying 199 prone on the way to a 559. Freshman Bryce Sturtz rounded out the team with a 551. Team Captain Marshall Grant shot a personal best in smallbore.
Air Rifle saw Coast Guard return to its pre-break form with a score that was just two points shy of the Academy record. Strayer, who is co-holder of the school record in the event came within a point of the score with a 586. Sturtz bounced back from his smallbore performance with a personal best 582 in which included a perfect ten shot string of 100. Blankenship and Wheeler rounded out the top four with a 576 and 573 respectively. Grant shot his second personal best of the day which gave him a third personal best in aggregate score. Sophomore Anthony Contreras also recorded a personal best in the event.
The Bears record now stands at 4-9 overall, while remaining undefeated in conference competition. The team next sees action on January 26-27 as they host the annual Admiral's Cup tournament.
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March 2, 2019 Rifle Wins MAC Championship
February 16, 2019 Wheeler Leads Bears to Split at Army
February 10, 2019 Bears Win Beanpot to Highlight Weekend
February 2, 2019 Bears Win Pair in Admiral's Cup
January 26, 2019 Bears Set Record at Home in Admiral's Cup Tournament
January 13, 2019 Bears Open Second Half Against Nebraska
November 17, 2018 Bears Pick Up Pair of Wins at MIT
November 2, 2018 Records Fall at Presidents Cup
October 27, 2018 Records Fall at Army
October 6, 2018 Bears Drop Pair at #2 TCU
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