- Location: Philadelphia, Pa. (USciences Rifle Range)
- The Lead: Over the weekend, the MIT rifle team dropped a 4,302-4,210 final at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. The Engineers narrowly dropped a 2,144-2,138 final in the air rifle portion, followed by the Devils earning a 2,158-2,072 advantage in smallbore.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior Kelly Mathesius (Aurora, Ill.) paced the Engineers with a runner-up finish overall with a total of 1,088 points. She was third overall in smallbore at 536, followed by a total of 552 in air rifle which was second.
- MIT freshman Jesus Herrera (Los Angeles, Calif.) was sixth overall at 1,042 points, including a total of 525 points in air rifle that ranked him fifth in that area. Junior Alex Pacheco (Machesney Park, Ill.) was ninth at 1,027 points, followed by junior William Caruso (Toms Rivers, N.J.) to round out the top 10. Pacheco posted a 525 total in air rifle, while Caruso had 536 points in air rifle to rank fourth in that area.
- Freshman Dylan Modesitt (Belmont, Calif.) placed 12th at 1,023 points (517 SB; 506 AR), followed by freshman Thomas Rick (New Orleans, La.) in 15th at 984 (492 in both) and freshman Elijah Miller (Shavertown, Pa.) in 16th at 904 points (430 SB; 474 AR).
- USciences Sarah Schnupp was the overall winner as she posted 1,105 points that included 551 in smallbore and 554 with the air rifle.
- For MIT, this marked season-highs both overall and in both smallbore and air rifle for Herrera and Pacheco. In addition, Caruso's 536 air rifle mark was his second best this season.
- MIT is back in action on February 4-5 as the Engineers host the Beanpot over the weekend. Canisius, Wentworth, Penn State and Coast Guard are also participating in the event.