JACKSONVILLE, Alabama— The University of Tennessee at Martin Rifle Squad put on a great performance at the JSU Invitational over the weekend as the Skyhawks were one of four teams competing in the two-day event.
UT Martin joined a field that included hosts Jacksonville State, Murray State and UAB. On Friday, the Skyhawks posted a season-high in total points (4,636) while tying their season-high smallbore tally of 2,305 points. The event ended on Saturday when UT Martin achieved a total score of 4,608 points.
Alain Walther led the Skyhawks in overall and small bore standings on both days. Second year from Avella, Pa. equal Nick tariffs and Joey Kovach for the best airgun score on Day 1 during Rachel Sprague stepped UT Martin in the air rifle classification on the last day.
On Friday, two Skyhawks posted new career high scores. The season-high in small caliber consisted of Walther (career best 583), Fares (574), Kovach (574), Sprague (574) and Jesse Chamberlain (546). UT Martin added a score of 2,331 points in air rifle as that lineup included Fares (584), Kovach (584), Walther (584), Chamberlain (career-high 579) and Sprague (578).
Walther earned the best overall score (1,167) on the team, followed by Fares (1,158), Kovach (1,158), Sprague (1,152) and Chamberlain (1,125).
On Day 2 there were 2,288 small bore and 2,320 air rifle crews. Walther’s 580 was the best smallbore score on the roster, followed by Kovach (576), Fares (569), Sprague (563), and Chamberlain (559). The Skyhawks’ air rifle score was surpassed by Sprague’s 582, while Fares (581), Walther (579), Kovach (578) and Chamberlain (567) were close behind.
Overall, UT Martin’s top scorers list consisted of Walther (1,159), Kovach (1,154), Fares (1,150), Sprague (1,145) and Chamberlain (1,126).
student in the first year Jeffrey Bourassa also played as a singles player for the Skyhawks that weekend. The Manassas, Virginia native posted 546 in the small bore and 566 in the air rifle (1,112 totals) on Friday before scoring 555 in the small bore and 572 in the air rifle (1,127 totals) a day later.
UT Martin will take a nearly two-month break from official competition before opening a home-heavy spring schedule against Murray State on Jan. 14.