Jacksonville State claimed its eighth Ohio Valley Conference Championship Sunday, Feb. 9, in Murray, KY at the OVC Rifle Championships.
It was the third consecutive title for the Gamecocks coached by Ron Frost. Jax State’s score of 4650 was only 12 points above host university and runner-up Murray State’s 4638.
On Saturday, JSU won the Smallbore title just edging the Racers 2999 to 2995. UT-Martin, OVC affiliated Columbus State and Morehead State rounded out the top five. On Sunday, the Gamecocks secured their conference title claiming the Air Rifle title as well with a score of 2351, again just ahead of Murray State’s 2343.
Jacksonville State won the 2014 OVC title with an overall aggregate score of 4650 topping the Racers by 12 points. UT-Martin finished
third and earned two of the four individual awards in Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year honors.
Murray State’s Katarina Bisercic won the Air Rifle Athlete of the Year while JSU’s own Samantha Bullard was crowned the Smallbore Athlete of the Year.
In Smallbore competition, Jax State landed three shooters on the All-OVC First Team with Bill Harvey, Dan McCall and Uriah, Ala. Product, Samantha Bullard, who led the overall scoring. Cole Tucker and Sam Muegge earned spots on the Second Team.
Tucker, a junior from Wye Mills, Md., and Muegge, a senior out of Boling, Texas, were named to the First Team in Air Rifle competition along with Brandon Muske while Bullard and junior Brent Books made the Second Team.
Freshman Brandon Muske was the only Gamecocks to be named to either Newcomer squad when he earned the top spot on the Air Rifle Newcomer Team.
The Gamecocks will make a return trip to Murray, Ky. on Feb. 22 for the NCAA Sectionals.
The NCAA Championships will also by hosted by MSU, which will be held on March 14-15.