Rifle Finishes Season at MAC Championship

March 9, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT rifle wrapped up its 2008-09 campaign at the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship over the weekend. In the Expert Division of the smallbore competition, the Engineers were narrowly edged by Penn State for first, 2209-2197. A pair of Tech shooters, Nigel Kojimoto in smallbore and Emily Houston in air rifle, placed in the top 10 individually.

Kojimoto posted the highest individual point total in the matchup against Penn State, finishing with a total of 557, as five of his six attempts went for at least 93 points. However, the Nittany Lions accounted for the next three highest scores, en route to the 12-point win. Kojimoto’s score placed him sixth overall in smallbore at the Championship. Houston registered 552 points, good for 14th overall. Joseph Lane (547) finished immediately behind Houston, with Jennifer Paek (541) two spots back in 17th.

Houston was the only MIT shooter to take part in the air rifle event. The junior used a pair of 96-point efforts to propel her to a score of 567 and a ninth-place finish overall.

The U.S. Naval Academy defeated Akron in smallbore and air rifle in the Master Division to capture both team titles. Chris Burleson of Navy was the top individual shooter in smallbore while Akron’s Jenna Compton took home the top spot in air rifle.