January 31, 2007

MIT Rifle Wins Bean-Pot For First Time In 17 Years

Jan. 27, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the first time since 1990, MIT rifle captured first-place at the Bean-Pot shoot off, while winning the Collegiate Sectionals in both guns. The Engineers swept the five -team field with standout rookie Emily Houston serving as the weekend's top marksman.

In a field that included the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Penn State, John Jay and Wentworth, MIT closed with an aggregate that was over 200 points higher than the second-place Bears. MIT finished with a score of 4431, while Coast Guard (4260) took second and the Nittany Lions (4214) finished third. The Engineers shot 2191 in smallbore and totaled 2240 in air.

In the Collegiate Sectional, Houston took the Gold in both guns with a 569 in air and a score of 567 in smallbore. Senior Anton Katz helped solidify the historic win by earning the Silver in air (566) and the Bronze in smallbore (558).

Senior Nathan Pfaff and sophomore Jake Latcham capped MIT's scoring contingent. Pfaff enjoyed two incredible rounds before settling for a total of 543 in smallbore, and was even more focused in air, finishing fourth among all competitors with a total of 558. Latcham shot 543 in air and 523 in smallbore.

The Engineers unveiled three new competitors in Saturday's home-range victory. Freshman Jennifer Paek shot 528 in her air debut and 502 in smallbore, while fellow rookies Julia Yu (446) and Justine Li (440) also competed in smallbore.