Rifle comes up short

Engineers place third in their season opener, home opener is this Saturday

Opening the season on the road, the MIT rifle team traveled to West Point, New York to take on teams from the U.S. Military Academy and the University of Memphis. In the end the Black Knights won the three-way competition with a score of 4,632, with the Tigers a close second with 4,626 points and the Engineers third with 4,418.

Sarah N. Wright ’16 led MIT in the smallbore portion of the match firing a 572, including a perfect score of 100 in her second round from the prone position, that placed her 10th overall in the match. Josh Martin of Army led all competitors with a 580, with Memphis taking the team title by edging out the Black Knights by a point with 2,293.

MIT totaled a 2,182 in smallbore with Jia Yi Goh ’17 finishing second on the team with a 553. Kelly J. Mathesius ’17 totaled a 536 for the Engineers, with Helen Liu ’16 adding a 521 and Abra H. Shen ’16 finishing with a 517.

In air rifle Goh had all of her rounds reach at least 95 as she finished with a team-high 575 to finish in a tie for 12th overall with Makeannon Doran of Memphis. The Tigers’ Beth Lee had the top score, an impressive 593, with Army winning the team battle with a 2,340, followed by Memphis with 2,333 and MIT with 2,236.

Wright was second in air rifle for the Engineers, posting a 567. Mathesius added a 550 while sophomore Kevin Ng (Coral Springs, Fla.) turned in a 544. Shen completed the scoring for MIT with her round of 536.

MIT will make is home debut for 2014-15 on Saturday when it hosts John Jay College and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.