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Golden Eagle rifle team bids for OVC Championships this weekend

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech looks to break the streak of five consecutive Ohio Valley Conference rifle championships by the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this weekend at the 2010 OVC Rifle Championships competition.

The two-day event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, will be held on the campus of Murray State University. Along with the Golden Eagles, teams from Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Murrray State and UT Martin will compete for the championship.

Last weekend,Tech fired a 4,479 team total in a match against Ole Miss, an event that included two season-high marks by Golden Eagle shooters in air rifle. Johnathan Zimmerer shot 568 which was not only his season-best, but also a career-high for the junior from Lindsay, Texas. With that score, Zimmerer also recorded his season-best aggregate total of 1,116 after posting a 548 iin smallbore.

Senior Jessica McCauley from Hannibal, Mo., had the team's other season-high in air rifle, posting a 573 during her time on the Tech range. Tech's top score of the day in air was a 580 by Austin Litherland, a junior from St. Francisville, La. Curtis Gagne was Tech's fourth in the discipline, firing a 565.

In smallbore, Gagne, a senior from Clearwater, Fla., posted a 557 for Tech's top score. Litherland was just two points back at 555, followed by Zimmerer at 548 and Patrick Stidham with a 533.

 

Jacksonville State will try to make it six straight at this year's OVC Championship. The event will be held at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range at Murray State.

Last year on the Tech range, the JSU Gamecocks won both the smallbore and air rifle portions to win the title with an overall score of 4,628. UT Martin mixed finished tied for second with Morehead State with a score of 4,515, followed by Murray State (4,513), Tennessee Tech (4,489) and UTM women (4,362). Jax State went on to finish third at the NCAA National Rifle Championship, while taking the smallbore national title. JSU returns to its team 2009 Smallbore National Champion Brian Carstensen, also the OVC Freshman of the Year and OVC Smallbore Athlete of the Year.

The OVC Championship will start at 9 a.m. each day, with the smallbore competition taking place on Saturday and air rifle on Sunday.

Results will be available on www.ovcsports.com after the completion of each day's events.

2010 Ohio Valley Conference Rifle Championship Schedule

Saturday, February 6 - Smallbore Competition

9:00 a.m. - Relay 1
12:00 a.m. - Relay 2

Sunday, February 7 - Air Rifle Competition
9:00 a.m. - Relay 1
11:45 a.m. - Relay 2

ALL TIMES CENTRAL

Information for this story was provided by The Oracle (Leah Meffert, writer)
and the Ohio Valley Conference Office