Navy Rifle Earns Star with Record Performance

The Navy rifle team used a record-setting performance on Saturday to post a victory in the annual Star Match against Army at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

by Navy Sports Information

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Navy rifle team used a record-setting performance on Saturday to post a victory in the annual Star Match against Army at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center in West Point, N.Y.

The Midshipmen registered a school-record score in the current Army-Navy scoring format to post a 5896-5863 win in Star Match, which is part of the overall Army-Navy Star Series, presented by USAA. 

In addition, the Midshipmen shot a school record in the NCAA scoring format, notching a team score of 4724.

We had an awesome day against Army. We knew we had to bring our A game because Army always brings it when we compete against each other. Today was no exception. Both teams shot a program record, which is amazing considering this is one of the biggest matches of the season.

Navy Head Coach Mike Anti

Scoring for the Star Match featured eight starters for each team in smallbore and air rifle with the top-five scores counting toward each team's final score. The NCAA scoring model of starting five shooters in each event with the top-four scores counting was still used for NCAA Championship qualification purposes.
The Mids tallied 2926 in smallbore and 2970 for its 5896 points in Army-Navy scoring, while notching 2343 in smallbore and 2381 in air rifle for its NCAA mark of 4724. The Black Knights registered 2915 and 2948, respectively, in the Star format, while posting smallbore and air rifle tallies of 2335 and 2362 in NCAA scoring.
Eight shooters for Navy posted scores of 1160 or higher on the day with three finishing with an 1180 or better.
Navy's Marleigh Duncan led the way, finishing as the top performer on the day with an aggregate score of 1184. In addition, the junior earned the Josh Watson Memorial Trophy for being the Midshipmen's top finisher. It was the third consecutive season that Duncan was the top Navy scorer in the Army-Navy Match.
Freshman Isabella Baldwin and senior Clarissa Layland finished second and third overall with scores of 1182 and 1180, respectively. Freshman Ryan Wee posted a seventh-place finish in his first Army-Navy competition with an aggregate score of 1173. Juniors Joshua Potts and Stephanie Milvain finished ninth and 10th overall in the competition with combined scores of 1169 and 1167 to finish the meet with six Navy shooters in the top 10.
Devonte Hayes and Devin Uhrich rounded out Navy's shooters in the 1160s with scores of 1163 and 1160, correspondingly.
"The day started strong in smallbore with six athletes shooting above a 581," Anti continued. "Marleigh Duncan led the way with an impressive 589. That momentum continued with four other athletes carding a 594 and above."
Duncan led all scorers in smallbore with a score of 589, setting a new season-high for the junior and coming in just three points back of her career best mark. She was joined by Baldwin and Layland who finished second and fourth in the smallbore standings with scores of 586 and 584, respectively. Layland's tally of 584 was a season-best score for the senior.
Wee registered a smallbore score of 584 in his first Army-Navy competition, giving the freshman a new career-high score in the event. Milvain and Potts finished with smallbore scores of 583 and 581 to each finish in the top 10 in the event scoring.
Uhrich and senior team captain Mark Dely were just outside of the top 10 in smallbore with season-high scores of 576 and 574 to finish 13th and 14th. Hayes was 16th among all shooters in smallbore with a 569.
"We also had a number of personal bests throughout the day, especially in air rifle," stated Anti. "John Dely shot a personal best 581 in air rifle; Catherine Dely had a personal best 587 in air; and Clarissa Layland tied a personal best with a 596 in air. We had strong performances from Joshua Potts, Stephanie Milvain, Devin Uhrich and Ryan Wee."
Navy recorded the top four finishers in air rifle, as Baldwin (596), Layland (596), Duncan (595), and Hayes (594) swept the top spots of the event. Layland tied a career-best score in the event with Hayes setting a new personal best. Duncan tied a season-best total for air rifle.
Wee and Potts finished in eighth and 10th in the event to close out the top 10 for the Midshipmen. Wee notched a 589, while Potts tallied 588.
Catherine Dely finished just outside of the top 10 in air rifle with an 11th-place finish with a career-best score of 587. Milvain (584), Uhrich (584), Grace Shepard (583), John Dely (581), Chelsie Glover (578), and Mark Dely (570) rounded out the Mids' top 20 performances in air rifle taking six of the final seven spots.
"The team has been training hard all season for this day, pushing and supporting each other the entire way," Anti concluded. "It truly was a team victory."