Wright Takes Smallbore Title at MAC Championships

Sophomore Sarah Wright

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) turned in an outstanding performance at the Mid Atlantic Rife Conference Championships, taking the individual title in the smallbore competition. She helped the Engineers to second place finishes in both smallbore and air rifle events at the annual championships.

Wright led an MIT 1-2 finish in the smallbore competition, with freshman Jia Yi Goh (Singapore) taking second. Wright fired a 563, including rounds of 99 and 98 in the prone position, to take the individual title. Goh, competing in smallbore for just the third time this season, finished with a 555 for her second-place finish and a new career-high. Just three shots behind her was senior Kaiying Liao (Issaquah, Wash.) with a 552, with sophomore Abra Shen (Toronto, Ontario) rounding out the MIT scoring with a 525. In the Expert Division team competition, MIT totaled 2195 to finish second to a 2213 turned in by VMI.

Goh fired off four rounds of 97 or better in air rifle, including a 99 in the second round to post a 578 that was just one off her season best. Six points back was Liao, who had a 98 in round five, with her 572. Wright started with a 98 in round one and finished just two points behind Liao with a 570, while Shen added a 551. In a close competition for the team title in the Master Division, Coast Guard edged out MIT by five, 2276-2271. VMI was third at 2233.