Rebels Take Third in Air Rifle at GARC Championships
Feb. 26, 2018

MORGANTOWN, W.V. – Ole Miss finished out the Great America Rifle Conference Championships with a third-place finish in air rifle Sunday at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range, including freshmen Emily Cock and Kamilla Kisch advancing to the finals. Cock captured third place individually.

The Rebels rebounded from a tough Saturday showing in smallbore to finish fourth overall with a 4651, two-day total. West Virginia (4699) won their ninth straight GARC Championship, No. 4-ranked Kentucky finished second overall with a total of 4686 and No. 10 Navy took third with a 4663.

Cock, Kisch Shine in Air Rifle…
The Rebels fired a 2362 in air rifle Sunday, three off the school record. Cock equaled her personal best with a 592, including a perfect 100 on her last relay, while Kisch posted a 593 as both advanced to the final. Cock took third in the final with a total of 223.8 behind 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Ginny Thrasher of WVU and Morgan Phillips of WVU. Kisch finished seventh in the final with a total of 140.9.

This marked the third straight year for the Rebels to have someone in the air rifle finals and the third year in a row to have someone finish in the top three. Two-time All-American Alison Weisz finished third in 2016 and second in 2017 in air rifle.

Freshman Abby Buesseler turned in a 591, missing the final by one point. It marked Buesseler’s fifth score in the 590s this season. In her final GARC Championships, senior Jessica Haig shot a 586, and junior Harley Gardner finished with a 580 to round out the Rebel counters.

Gardner Leads Rebels in Smallbore….
Saturday, the Rebels fired a 2289 in smallbore, led by Harley Gardner’s 576. Emily Cock posted a 572, Randi Loudin a 571, and Abby Buesseler and Jessica Haig each turned in a 570 to round out the Rebel counters.

Smallbore – 2289
Harley Gardner – 576
Emily Cock – 572
Randi Loudin – 571
Abby Buesseler – 570
Jessica Haig – 570

Air Rifle – 2362
Kamillla Kisch – 593
Emily Cock – 592
Abby Buesseler – 591
Jessica Haig – 590

Marsha’s Minute…
“Sunday was a much better day for us,” said head coach Marsha Beasley. “I have to credit the team members for putting Saturday’s sub-par performance behind them and focusing on performing well on the last day.  On the strength of our air score we were able to make up ground on several teams to finish fourth overall.”

On Having Two Makes the Finals of Air Rifle…  
“We were delighted both Kamilla and Emily made the final.  Abby was just one point away. The final is faster paced than the qualification round and is very tough to shoot.  Both our shooters performed well and Emily hung in there, even winning a sudden-death shoot-off 10.4 – 10.0 to avoid elimination in fourth place.” 

Freshman Emily Cock
“It was really fun for me to have a teammate in the final and the team behind us to cheer us on.  I could actually here the Rebel fans cheering for our shots.”

Next up…
Freshman Kamilla Kisch will start preparing for the NCAA Championships, which take place March 9-10 at The Citadel’s McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina. Kisch qualified in air rifle with a 596 at the NCAA Qualifier.

For more information on Ole Miss Rifle, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissRifle, on Facebook at OleMissRifle and on Instagram @OleMissRifle.



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