CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's rifle team was back on the range today, taking on the University of the Sciences at the MIT Rifle Range. The Engineers won the smallbore competition by 103 points and then rolled in the air rifle portion of the match to come away with a victory by a final combined score of 4,434-4,194. With the win MIT improved to 2-1 on the season.
Senior Elizabeth Phillips (Anchorage, Alaska) and freshman Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) led the way for MIT in the smallbore competition which the Engineers took by a 2,193-2,090. Phillips led the Engineers with a 568, turning in a consistent performance that saw her score 95 in five of her six rounds. Her score was also the high for the match among all shooters, just edging out Brad Driscoll of USP who had a 567. Wright turned in a solid 561, including a 99 and 98 in her prone rounds. Senior Timothy Jenks (The Woodlands, Texas) also had a round of 98 on his way to a 544, with junior Kaiying Liao (Issaquah, Wash.) adding a 520 for MIT to complete its scoring.
Phillips turned in an outstanding performance in air rifle, turning in three of her six rounds with a 99 on her way to a 583, again leading all competitors. Driscoll had the high score again for USP, turning in a 558, a score that was matched by Liao as she carded the second highest score for MIT, which had a team score of 2,241 to USP's 2,104. Just three behind Liao was Wright with a 555, with Jenks adding a 545 for the Engineers.
MIT will be back in action next week when it hosts SUNY Maritime on November 10 at 9:00 a.m.