Army Rifle falls to Navy in ‘Star’ Match

By Nick Lovera Army Athletic Communications

February 7th, 2019 | Army and Community Sports, Sports
 The Army West Point Rifle team fell to rival Navy 4,680-4,666 Feb. 2 in the 2019 Army-Navy Star Match at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center. Sophomore Kaitlyn Kutz (above) tied for third on the charts with a score of 591 in air rifle.

The Army West Point Rifle team fell to rival Navy 4,680-4,666 Feb. 2 in the 2019 Army-Navy Star Match at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.
The Midshipmen took a big lead in smallbore they never relinquished despite a strong air rifle showing from the Black Knights.
“This is a tough loss,” head coach Web Wright said. “We shot fairly well, only two points off the program record we set last week. It just came up a little short. Navy shot well. Congratulations to them.”
Navy’s victory snaps a nine-game winning streak by the Black Knights over their rival.
“The positive side is that we moved up in the rankings a little and positioned us for a potential NCAA berth,” Wright said. “We need to shoot a good score in the qualifier on Feb. 16 and we have a good shot at earning the position.”
From a scoring standpoint, the Cadets have posted back to back strong showings. The team shot a program record 4,668 in last week’s victory over Akron.
“We will take Monday off and get back at it for the last part of the regular season,” Wright said.

Aggregate: Navy: 4,680 (Star Total: 5,846*),  Army: 4,666 (Star Total: 5,822*).
• Navy’s Kestrel Kuhne topped the charts with an 1,176 aggregate.
• Senior co-captain Payne Nunn was the top scoring Cadet, posting an 1,174.
Air rifle: Navy: 2,358, Army: 2,358.
• Navy’s Kestrel Kuhne posted the top air rifle score with a 594.
• Nunn led the Black Knights with a 592.
• Sophomore Kaitlyn Kutz tied for third on the charts with a score of 591.
Smallbore: Navy: 2,322, Army: 2,308.
• Navy’s Josh Watson was the match’s top smallbore shooter with a score of 584.
• Nunn and sophomore co-captain Clayton Hanson were the highest scoring Black Knights with scores of 582.