MIT Records Fall at NCAA Rifle Qualifier

Senior Sarah Wright
Senior Sarah Wright

NEW LONDON, Conn. – It was a record setting day for the MIT rifle team at the NCAA Qualifier Meet held at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Senior Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) set a new individual record in air rifle and junior Jia Yi Goh (Singapore) matched the previous mark to lead the Engineers to a school record in the event. MIT also shot its second-highest small bore score this season and bettered the scores posted by the host Bears in both small bore and air rifle.

Wright had a superb day in air rifle, shooting scores of 99 in four of the six rounds to finish with a 590, breaking the old MIT mark of 587 that was achieved by both Emily Houston '10 and Elizabeth Phillips '13. Goh also had an outstanding day of shooting for the Engineers, posting a pair of 99s on her way to matching the old record of 587. Their efforts helped MIT set a new team record in the event, with the Engineers posting a 2302 that bettered the previous mark of 2285 set earlier this year. In the team standings MIT came out ahead of Coast Guard, 2302-2284.

Senior Helen Liu (Homer, N.Y.) and junior Kelly Mathesius (Aurora, Ill.) also had solid outings in air rifle for MIT, with Liu scoring a 570 and Mathesius a 556 for the Engineers to complete the school record total. Also competing for MIT were senior Abra Shen (Toronto, Ontario) – 549; junior Michael Castano (Miami, Fla.) – 513; sophomore Gregory Lee (Feura Bush, N.Y.) – 552; sophomore David Bustillos (San Rafael, Calif.) – 540; and junior Kevin Ng (Coral Springs, Fla.) – 540.

Wright also posted the top score for MIT in small bore, finishing with a 568 that included one round of 99 from the prone position. Goh was just behind with her score of 565 as the Engineers out shot Coast Guard 2219-2193 in the team standings. Completing the team scoring for MIT was Mathesius, who turned in a 548 and Shen, who finished with a 538.

Liu turned in a solid 546 for MIT that was tied for the sixth among all competitors at the meet. Bustillos finished with a 536 score for the Engineers, with Ng and Lee carding a 514 and 511 respectively.

MIT will wrap up its season on Saturday, March 5 when the Engineers will travel to the Virginia Military Institute for the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference championships.