Wright Takes Two Titles at MAC Championships, MIT Wins Smallbore Event

Senior Sarah Wright
Senior Sarah Wright

LEXINGTON, Va. – Wrapping up the 2015-16 season at the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC) Championships, MIT concluded a very successful campaign by winning the smallbore event and finishing second overall. Senior Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) capped off a stellar career for the Engineers by winning the individual titles in both smallbore and air rifle.

In smallbore, MIT put up a score of 2217, just edging out the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for the team title. Coast Guard shot a 2210 and the host VMI mixed team took third with a score of 2207. Wright turned in a standout performance, getting in rounds of 99 and two 98s on her way to a career best total of 579. She bettered the field by an impressive 16 points, with Andrew Hickey of VMI taking second with a 563 and Lindsey Critser of Coast Guard third with a 558.

For MIT, junior Jia Yi Goh (Singapore) had the next highest score for the Engineers, finishing seventh overall with a 552 that included a pair of 96s. Sophomore David Bustillos (San Rafael, Calif.) turned in rounds of 99 and 97 on his way to a 547 to finish 11th overall. Junior Kelly Mathesius (Aurora, Ill.) shot a 539 that included a 97 in the prone position to finish 16th, with senior Abra Shen (Toronto, Ontario) adding another round of 97 for the Engineers on her way to a 531 that was good for 18th overall.

In the team air rifle competition Coast Guard had the best showing of the day with a 2286, with John Jay College second with a 2273. VMI's women's team was third with a 2261, just edging out MIT, which shot a 2260. Wright took her victory with a score of 581, including a perfect round of 100. VMI's Samantha Alexander was second with a 576, followed by Lily Graham of John Jay who finished with a 574.

Second for MIT and seventh overall was Goh, who turned in a 570 that included a round of 99. Mathesius took 16th overall with her score of 557, with senior Helen Liu (Homer, N.Y.) just behind in 17th with a 552 and Shen taking the 18th position with her 549.

In the overall team competition, three squads shot both disciplines; MIT, Coast Guard and VMI's mixed team. The Bears posted the top score with a combined 4496, with the Engineers second at 4477 and the Keydets third with a 4451.