COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (KOLO) The University of Nevada rifle team placed fifth at the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships hosted by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs over the weekend. The Wolf Pack’s next competition is Feb. 17 at the NCAA Qualifier at UTEP.
The Pack shot 4645 in the two-day event to finish fifth. TCU (4697), Air Force (4670), Alaska (4667) and Ohio State (4645) took the top four spots. UTEP was sixth with a 4570. Nevada shot 2296 in smallbore and 2349 in air rifle which placed them fifth in both events.
Junior Mitchell Van Patten earned All-PRC honors for the third year in a row after posting a 584 in smallbore, that also earned him a spot in the finals. In the finals he shot 409.6 to place sixth.
Sophomore Eli Larimer posted a 576 smallbore score and placed 11th. Emily Capaul (569) and Justin Nissen (567) finished 25th and 26th with Rachel Benesh was 34th with a 563.
Larimer had the Pack’s top finish in air rifle at 12th with his 591. Nissen took 14th with a 590 and Benesh posted a 589 to take 17th. Capaul (585) and Van Patten (584) were 27th and 28th in the event. Sarah Jameson shot a 583 to finish 33rd.