WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Coast Guard traveled to West Point for the NCAA Qualifier and a dual meet with the hosts and MIT to end the regular season.
Sophomore Grayson Wheeler placed fifth overall and led the Bears scoring with a 569. Wheeler's classmates Seth Strayer and Hunter Blankenship, and freshmen Dalton Stoves and Bryce Sturtz battled it out for the remaining scoring positions. Strayer was second with a 562, Stoves third with a 561, and Sturtz finished shooting a 560. Blankenship finished fifth with a 555. The quartet put together a 2252, a better than average score for the team and enough to defeat MIT but not enough to beat Army in that phase.
Strayer, who had just set and then tied the Academy individual record in Air Rifle last weekend, fell two points short of last week's performance as he posted a 586 to pace the team. Wheeler and Sturtz both shot a 583, followed bysBlankenship, 570, and Stoves, 569. The 2322 was the third best score of the year and better than MIT but short of the Army.
Freshman Cody Meyers, who started the year as a walk-on, shot a new personal best that was 20 points higher than his previous high water mark.
In the end, Coast Guard fell to Army but bested MIT in a Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference contest. The Bears close the season 14-10, undefeated in conference play, as they head into the MAC Championship, at home, on March 2nd.