FAIRBANKS-This past weekend the Alaska Nanook rifle team put together a pair of top performances against nationally ranked NC State and Ole Miss in their first matched of the season. The result was a new program record and a new ranking.
Yesterday the rifle team was ranked number one in the nation by the College Rifle Coaches Association top 20 poll. The Nanooks were ranked third to start the year. Sunday The Nooks beat Ole Miss with a 4694 besting the previous record of 4692 that was set in 2007 against Army.
Ryan Anderson is ranked number one nationally in air rifle with a 596 and first in small bore at 591. Sophomore Tim Sherry is second with a 595 in air. Freshman Dan Geer is third in smallbore with a 584.
UAF has posted the top teams scores in the country as well. Number two Kentucky shoots for the first time this weekend. TCU is third, West Virginia is fourth and Nebraska is fifth. I caught up with some shooters at the Ole Miss match and they think they can do better.
"Still a lot of points to pick up, you know, moving forward which I think is good," rifle head coach Dan Jordan said. "You don't want to start out too high and peak right now. It's really nice to see them progressing, have some really bright points now but still see some spots to work on."
Anderson spoke about his impressive performance in the E.F. Horton Rifle Range against Ole Miss.
"I had a lot of good stuff going on at practice for the last week and this weekend I pulled it all together and it all worked out well in the match too, kept my head in the right place and focused on the right things and I didn't let anything get to my head."
Geer feels this is a great start to what could possibly be a championship year.
"I think as a team we're pretty well set where we want to be, we just all have some things we're working on but all a whole we're doing pretty well this year," Geer said.