- Location: West Point, N.Y. (Tronsure Marksmanship Center)
- The Lead: On Friday at the United States Military Academy, the MIT rifle team dropped a pair of matches to nationally-ranked opponents, falling to No. 11 ranked Army and No. 14 Nevada. Nevada was on top with a total of 4,677, followed closely by Army with 4,665 points and MIT with a total of 4,295 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore Jesus Herrera (Los Angeles, Calif.) posted a season-best score of 1085 as he was the top shooter for the Engineers. He posted a 539 in smallbore, followed by a career-high of 546 in air rifle to finish with the total of 1085. Sophomore Dylan Modesitt (Belmont, Calif.) was second for MIT at 1075 with scores of 522 and 553 in smallbore and air rifle, respectively. Sophomore Thomas Rick (New Orleans, La.) followed at 1071 (519 SB; 552 AR) and senior William Caruso (Toms River, N.J.) with a score of 1063 (521 SB; 542 AR).
- Senior David Bustillos (San Rafael, Calif.) was the fifth shooter for MIT with a total of 1050 that included 520 in smallbore and 530 in air rifle. Sophomore Elijah Miller (Shavertown, Pa.) was the final shooter for the Engineers as he registered career-highs of 1030 overall and 527 in air rifle. He also posted a score of 503 in smallbore action on Friday.
- The top overall shooter was Rachel Benesh from Nevada with a score of 1173, along with Kaitlyn Kutz from Army who was second overall and first for the Black Knights with 1172 points.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, November 11th-Sunday, November 12th as the Engineers return home for matchups against the University of the Sciences, Wentworth and SUNY Plattsburgh. Saturday is slated for an 8 a.m. start at the duPont Rifle Range, followed by 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.