Rebels to Conclude Fall at Gamecock Open
Nov. 17, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. -- The Ole Miss Rifle team will conclude their fall season in Jacksonville, Alabama at the Gamecock Open Saturday at the Gamecock Rifle Range. 

JSU Opened Fall Season at Ole Miss 

The Jacksonville State rifle team opened the 2017-18 season on Sept. 30 at the Ole Miss Invitational, turning in a 4653 aggregate in Oxford. Led by junior David Sink of Crumpton, Maryland, JSU fired a 2316 in smallbore and a 2337 in air rifle at Ole Miss. Sink placed seventh on the individual leaderboard with a composite score of 1167 and was one of two Gamecocks to earn a spot as an individual at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships.

Rebels Post Highest Aggregate of the Season in Last Matchup

In their fall 2016 matchup against JSU, the Rebels fired an aggregate 4655, the highest aggregate of their season. The Rebels were led by then senior Alison Weisz who shot a 595 in air rifle and a 585 in smallbore. Following Weisz was junior Harley Gardner, firing a career best 586 in smallbore and a 580 in air. 

Last Time Out…

Ole Miss posted a season-high 4664 in their Great America Rifle Conference match at Kentucky two weeks ago. The team’s aggregate score was just two points shy of the school record set in 2006. Junior, Harley Gardner led the Rebels in smallbore firing a season best 584. Freshmen Abby Buesseler and Emily Cock both scored a 592 in air rifle to lead the Rebels. Buesseler’s score was a personal best while Cock tied her personal best.

Marsha Talks New Rankings

“Jacksonville State University and Ole Miss are pretty evenly matched,” said head coach Marsha Beasley. In the most recent ranking of the CRCA, Ole Miss ranked No.11 and JSU No.15. The fall rankings published by the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association use only the most recent score fired by each team. Ole Miss had a season best November 4 and did not compete last weekend, so our ranking this week is based on our season high score.  JSU’s season best is within two points of ours.  I think it will be interesting to see how both teams fare competing shoulder-to-shoulder, at Jacksonville’s home range.”  

On the Mood of the Team… 

"The mood of the team is upbeat, probably attributable mostly to the upcoming Thanksgiving break,” said coach Beasley. Many of the team members are going home after this match, and those who are not able to go home are looking forward to a relaxing week with no classes. 

“That said, team members are looking forward to shooting with Jacksonville State.  JSU is a good team and a relatively close neighbor, so historically we shoot with them at least twice a year.  Of note, Emily Cock’s brother, Austin, is an assistant coach at JSU.  He was a member of the JSU rifle team the past four years and will graduate in December.  I know Emily is looking forward to seeing him.” 

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