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2017 Great America Rifle Conference Championships Set to Begin at Akron

Published: February 23, 2017 12:57 AM
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AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron will host the 2017 Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships on Feb. 24-25 at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletics Field House.

The event is FREE to the public.

The GARC Championships are a first for Akron, which hosted the 2016 NCAA Championships for the first time last March. The Zips hosted the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (WIRC) several times before switching conference affiliations three years ago.

All nine teams participating teams– Akron, Army, Kentucky, Memphis, Mississippi, Navy, Nebraska, N.C. State, and West Virginia– are nationally ranked.

The competing teams and championships schedule are listed below.

All teams competed last weekend in NCAA Qualifying events. The NCAA will announce its eight-team field and select individuals for the 2017 NCAA Championships on Wednesday, Feb. 22.


Akron Zips
- No. 16
- Head coach Newt Engle
- Top shooters: Julia Hatch (smallbore), Zachary Strohl (air rifle)
- Finished seventh at the 2016 GARC Championships

Army Black Knights
- No. 12
- Head coach Web Wright
- Top shooters: Payne Nunn (smallbore), Nathan Brewer (air rifle)
- Finished fourth at the 2016 GARC Championships

Kentucky Wildcats
- No. 6
- Head coach Harry Mullins
- Top shooters: Hanna Carr (smallbore), Sonya May (air rifle)
- Finished second at the 2016 GARC Championships
- As a true freshman, Hanna Carr captured the individual GARC title in air rifle, firing a 206.0, last season.

Memphis Tigers
- No. 11
- Head coach Butch Woolbright
- Top shooters: Amy Fister (smallbore), Haylea Broughton (air rifle)
- Finished eighth at the 2016 GARC Championships

Mississippi Rebels
- No. 13
- Head coach Marsha Beasley
- Top shooters: Harley Gardner (smallbore), Alison Weisz (air rifle)
- Finished fifth at the 2016 GARC Championships

Navy Mids
- No. 15
- Head coach Bill Kelley
- Top shooters: Josh Watson, Kestrel Kuhne (smallbore), Thomas Sarant (air rilfe)
- Finished ninth at the 2016 GARC Championships

Nebraska Cornhuskers
- No. 8
- Head coach Ashley Rose-MacAllister
- Top shooters: Samanatha Peterson (smallbore), Dacotah Faught (air rilfe)
- Finished sixth at the 2016 GARC Championships

N.C. State Wolfpack
- No. 9
- Head coach Keith Miller
- Top shooters: Lucas Kozeniesky (smallbore), Caitlyn Ford (air rifle)
- Finished third at the 2016 GARC Championships

West Virginia Mountaineers
- No. 2
- Head coach Jon Hammond
- Finished first at the 2016 GARC Championships
- Freshman standout and two-time NCAA champion Ginny Thrasher won the smallbore competition (459.5).
- Four-time NCAA team champion



Stile Athletics Field House | Akron, OH

Friday, Feb. 24 SMALLBORE FINALS at 3:45 p.m. ET
6:30 a.m. | Doors open
8-10 a.m. | Relay 1 Match
10:30-12:30 p.m. | Relay 2 Match
1-3 p.m. | Relay 3 Match
3:45 p.m. | Smallbore finals

Saturday, Feb. 25 AIR RIFLE FINALS at 2:45 p.m. ET
6:30 a.m. | Doors open
8-9:30 a.m. | Relay 1 Match
10-11:30 a.m. | Relay 2 Match
12:15-1:45 p.m. | Relay 3 Match
2:45 p.m. | Air rifle finals
After finals Awards program

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