Rifle Defeats John Jay and Wentworth, Falls to Rose Hulman

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT had a good day on the rifle range as the Engineers hosted teams from John Jay College, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and the Wentworth Institute of Technology at the MIT Shooting Center. The Engineers came away with wins against John Jay and Wentworth, but fell in close scores to Rose Hulman in both small bore and air rifle. Rose Hulman totaled a 4434 to take top overall honors, followed by MIT with 4343 and John Jay with 4242. 

All of the competitions proved to be close affairs. In small bore Rose Hulman posted a 2195, followed by MIT's 2139 and John Jay's 2072. The battle for top honors among individuals was a close one, with Evan Duvall of Rose Hulman just edging out sophomore Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) by two points, 560-558. Senior Kaiying Liao (Issaquah, Wash.) fired a 544 to finish in a tie for third overall, with sophomores David D'Achiardi (Bogota, Columbia) and Abra Shen (Toronto, Ontario) adding scores of 544 and 511 to the Engineers' total.

A number of other competitors also shot for MIT, with their scores not tallied in the team total. Tops among that group was freshman Kelly Mathesius (Aurora, Ill.) who included a prone round of 95 in her total of 485. 

It was also close in air rifle where MIT, Rose Hulman and John Jay were all separated by just 68 points. The Fightin' Engineers from Rose Hulman took this one as well, edging MIT's Engineers by 34 points, 2238-2204. The John Jay Bloodhounds were third at 2179, with Wentworth, which only competed in air rifle, fourth with an 1848 total.

Freshman Jia Yi Goh (Singapore) captured top individual air rifle honors for MIT, putting together a score of 579 that included a pair of 99s in the final two rounds. Ronald Kopec from John Jay was second overall with a 575. Wright had the second best score for MIT, turning in a 563, with Liao adding a 551 and freshman Kevin Ng (Coral Springs, Fla.) a 511 to complete the MIT scoring. 

As in small bore, MIT had several other competitors shoot as well. Sophomore Saya Date (Pune, India) had the top score among that group for the Engineers with a 519, with Shen also finishing above a 500 with a total of 510.

MIT will return to the range next weekend when it visits the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.