January 28, 2012

MIT Rifle Finishes Second at Beanpot, Wins Sectional

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing for the first time in nearly two months, the MIT rifle team hosted Penn State, Penn State ROTC, Coast Guard and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in the annual Beanpot competition. Penn State edged MIT for the Beanpot team title, edging the Engineers by 41 points. 

Today's action also served as the collegiate sectional for all of the teams other than Penn State. With its aggregate score second only to the Nittany Lions, the Engineers were the winners of the sectional competition, an important consideration when qualifying for the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference championships next month. 

Junior Elizabeth Phillips (Anchorage, Alaska) led MIT in the smallbore competition, totaling a 549 that was good for 3rd overall in the competition. Senior Nigel Kojimoto (Honolulu, Hawaii) was next for MIT with his score of 536, with senior Jennifer de Bruijn (Harare, Zimbabwe) just one shot behind with her total of 535. Junior Timothy Jenks (The Woodlands, Texas) completed the MIT smallbore scoring with his effort of 522.

In the air rifle portion of the match, it was de Bruijn that came up with the top score for the Engineers, with her total of 569 setting a season-high for her and standing as the second best score of the day from any shooter. As he did in the smallbore, Kojimoto had the second-best score for MIT, posting a 559. Just two points behind was Phillips and her 557, with senior Michael Batista (Melbourne, Fla.) rounding out the scoring for MIT with his total of 539.

Senior Christian Valledor (Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.) also had a good day for MIT, posting his season best effort in air rifle with a 530.

MIT will return to action on February 18 when it competes at Coast Guard at 9:00 a.m.