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On Target: Rifle Puts Together Most Successful Campaign in Program History

Mar 14, 2019

Credit MSU Athletics

It was a monumental year for the Morehead State Rifle program, securing numerous school records and the program's highest-ever national ranking.

The Eagles recently wrapped up the season with senior Brandon Bryer (Smallbore) and junior Alexa Potts (Air Rifle) earning spots in the NCAA Championships. Morehead State finished the year ranked No. 9 in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association final poll, the highest spot in program history.

The Eagles placed second in the Ohio Valley Conference for the second consecutive season. It's the highest finish ever again in the league for the program.

Among many other highlights, here are some of the top moments during the 2018-19 season.

* Junior Alexa Potts named Air Rifle All-American (Honorable Mention)

* Alexa Potts named First-Team All-OVC for Air Rifle and Smallbore

* Senior Brandon Bryer named First-Team All-OVC in Smallbore and Second-Team All-OVC in Air Rifle

* Freshman Erin Diehl named to the OVC All-Newcomer Team for Smallbore

* Freshman Katie Frye named to the OVC All-Newcomer Team for Smallbore

* Alexa Potts set the school Smallbore individual scoring record (586 with 42 center shots) at the OVC Championships

* Alexa Potts set the school Air Rifle individual scoring record (595 with 45 center shots) versus Jacksonville State

* Alexa Potts set the school individual Smallbore 20 shots prone school record (200 with 19 center shots) at the OVC Championships

* Alexa Potts set the individual aggregate school record (1180) at the OVC Championships

* Erin Diehl set the school individual Smallbore 20 shots standing school record (194 with 10 center shots) versus Georgia Southern

* Combined team school record (4674) versus Kentucky in the NCAA Qualifier match

* Air Rifle team school record (2358) versus Kentucky in the NCAA Qualifier match

* Smallbore team school record (2320) at the OVC Championships

* The Eagles were 7-0 in head-to-head matches

* Katie Frye qualified for the Women's Junior Olympics in Air Rifle and Smallbore

* Erin Diehl and freshman Amber Schifano qualified for the Women's Junior Olympics in Air Rifle

* Sophomore Ryan Hinson qualified for the Men's Junior Olympics in Air Rifle and Smallbore

* Head Coach Alan Joseph was named OVC Co-Coach of the Year

* Rifle had the highest team GPA (3.75) of any sport at MSU for the Fall 2018 semester

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