WVU Rifle Racks Up Honors, Opens GARC Title Defense
West Virginia, as is usually the case, will ride depth as its key component in the 2019 Great American Rifle Conference Championships.
The Mountaineers led by senior Ginny Thrasher and juniors Milica Babic and Morgan Phillips, are looking for a perfect 10 this Friday and Saturday — that is, its tenth consecutive GARC title.
Thrasher is second in the league with a 594.364 air rifle season average, while Babic is third with 564.333 average. Phillips is tops in the leauge in smallbore, averaging 586.0, with Thrasher fourth (584.545). Thrasher is the defending GARC titlist in both disciplines.
WVU’s depth was reflected in the conference awards, with five Mountaineers claiming honors at the postseason banquet on Thursday. Thrasher was named to the All-GARC Air Rifle, Smallbore and Combined Score First Teams, marking the third consecutive season she has landed on each of the first teams.
Sophomore Sarah Osborn joined Thrasher on the All-GARC Smallbore First Team, while David Koenders and Babic were named to the All-GARC Air Rifle and Combined Score First Teams.
Koenders and Babic also were named to the All-GARC Smallbore Second Team. Osborn garnered All-GARC Air Rifle and Combined Score Second Team accolades.
Such is WVU’s depth that freshman Jared Eddy, who claimed All-GARC Smallbore, Air Rifle and Combined Score Honorable Mention honors, is not expected to be among WVU’s five counting shooters at the conference championships. Thrasher, Babic, Phillips, Koenders and Babic are expected to fill those slots.
Smallbore competition begins today at Akron’s Stile Field House, with air rifle scheduled for Saturday. Two of West Virginia’ five potential counters will compete in the smallbore relay beginning at 10:45, while the remaining three will begin in the day’s final relay at 1:15. The first relay, beginning at 8:15, is composed of non-counters.
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