November 23, 2009

Rifle Team Takes Third at CSU Thanksgiving Classic

FORT BENNING, GA – The North Georgia rifle team competed in their sixth event of the year Saturday morning, taking third place at the Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Columbus State University.

The Saints opposed Memphis and Columbus State, taking third in the three-team field with 4,293 points. The Cougars came away with the victory, posting 4,559 points, while Memphis was second with 4,551 points.

In the smallbore rifle, North Georgia accumulated 2,076 total points, while CSU had 2,249, and Memphis tallied 2,236. The Tigers came out on top during the air rifle portion of the event, picking up 2,315 points, while Columbus State had 2,310, and North Georgia came away with 2,217.

Columbus State's Jonathan Hall was the individual winner at the event, posting high scores in both the smallbore and air rifle divisions to post 1,169 total points.

The Saints were led by Tori Kostecki who posted high scores for the team in both divisions, recording 546 points during smallbore, and 567 during the air rifle.

Rebecca Bryan followed with 444 smallbore points, and 534 air rifle points, while Thomas Pifer posted 525 (SB) and 560 (Air) points respectively at the event.

Matthew Branyon rounded out the scoring for North Georgia, putting up 561 points during smallbore, while tallying 556 points in the air rifle division.

The smallbore rifle portion of the event featured 60 shots, 20 shot in prone, standing and kneeling positions, while the precision air rifle event featured 60 shots in the standing position.

North Georgia will take the month of December off before returning to action in 2010 at the Columbus State University Open on January 16.