November 7, 2005

Rifle Dumps USP to Stay Red-Hot

Nov. 5, 2005

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - MIT rifle continued its best start in 10 years over the weekend, gunning down the University of Sciences in Philadelphia in both events. The Engineers defeated their arch-rival behind two new team highs and seven personal highs.

Saturday's victory moved Tech's shoulder-to-shoulder match record to 5-1 on the season, while the team has compiled a 3-1 mark in postal competition. For the year, the Engineers boast an 8-2 ledger, and have been improving every week.

In Air rifle, MIT outdistanced USP, 2223-2190. Led by Anton Katz's 581, the total was the best this season for Tech's unit. Nathan Pfaff energized the group with a career-best 577, while co-captains Taylor Barton (536) and Jay Gill (529) also set personal records.

MIT totaled 2212 for an easy victory in smallbore. Katz, who continues to serve as the program's top marksman, shot 580 to pace the attack. Pfaff followed with a score of 548 and Jake Latcham (544), Taylor Barton (540), Jay Gill (544) and Wes McKinney (541) each registered new highs. McKinney enjoyed a tremendous afternoon in the range, setting a new personal best in air as well (531).