MURRAY, Ky. – No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks opened 2013 with an 11-point road victory, defeating No. 8 Murray State 4,666-4,655 on Thursday at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range.
Alaska fired its second-best aggregate of the year.
The Nanooks outgunned the Racers 2,319-2,299 in smallbore with the top four scores on the day. They were led by a team and personal-high 587 by freshman Tim Sherry, who was nearly perfect in prone position with a 199.
Matching Sherry’s 199-point effort from the floor was sophomore Mats Eriksson, who was second-best in the match and also shot his personal record of 583 in the match.
Rounding out Alaska’s starting shooters were sophomore Ryan Anderson with a 580, senior Cole Bures with a 578 and junior Michael Liuzza with a 574.
Two more Nanooks, junior Dustin Chesebro and freshman Soren Butler, put up individual scores of 573 and 571, respectively.
In air gun, MSU shot the top three scores to best the Blue and Gold 2,356-2,347. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome a 20-point deficit in smallbore for the overall win. The Racers’ Tessa Howard shot a match-high 593, while her teammates Kelsey Emme and Michael Burzynski shot for 589 and 588, respectively.
Cheseboro and Liuzza fired a matching 588 score to lead the Blue and Gold, while Anderson (587), Sherry (584) and Eriksson (580) chipped in on the starting line. Bures (585) and Butler (583) competed as individuals in the match.