Rifle Stymies John Jay

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The host MIT rifle team continued its early season surge by soundly defeating John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 4453-4199, in Mid-Atlantic Rifle conference action this past weekend. 

The Engineers (2-0) out-shot the Bloodhounds in smallbore, 2214-2036, getting strong outings from Emily Houston, Nigel Kojimoto, Jen Paek, and freshman Elizabeth Phillips. Houston and Kojimoto tied with a top score of 567 out of 600. Kojimoto lost only one point on his first prone target, while Houston lost only two marks on her last kneeling target.

Paek and Phillips rounded out the scoring team. Paek posted a strong 545, while Phillips shot a solid 535 in her second career smallbore match.

Freshman Tim Jenks, meanwhile, fired a 494 in a great start to his collegiate career.

Also competing for MIT were Justine Li (506), Lionel Sotomayor (488), Matthew Pires (479), Dominic Solis (438), and Christian Valledor (430).

Stephen Zawislak fired a 564 to lead John Jay, while Stephen Wilson followed with a 557.

MIT also outscored the visitors in air rifle, 2239-2163. Houston's tally of 580 led the day, while Zawislak slotted second overall with a 568. Kojimoto and Wilson tied for a close third at 566. Paek and Lee also finished strong at 547 and 546 to complete the team scoring.

Phillips (532), Sotomayor (528), Pires (489), and Valledor (474) also competed for MIT.

"The depth of MIT's rifle team showed through," head coach Jerry Mulloy said.

Wentworth Institute of Technology also defeated John Jay, 4356-4199, at MIT this past weekend.