Bears Open Second Half Against Nebraska

Seth Strayer
Seth Strayer

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Coast Guard opened the second half of the season with an away match against the ninth ranked DI Cornhuskers of the University of Nebraska at Army-West Point.

Fresh from winter leave the Bears were busy scraping away a little bit of rust during the smallbore phase of the match and got off to a slow start. Sophomore Hunter Blankenship posted a 566 to lead the Bears.

Classmates Grayson Wheeler shot a sold 563 in support while Seth Strayer shot a school-record tying 199 prone on the way to a 559. Freshman Bryce Sturtz rounded out the team with a 551. Team Captain Marshall Grant shot a personal best in smallbore.

Air Rifle saw Coast Guard return to its pre-break form with a score that was just two points shy of the Academy record. Strayer, who is co-holder of the school record in the event came within a point of the score with a 586. Sturtz bounced back from his smallbore performance with a personal best 582 in which included a perfect ten shot string of 100. Blankenship and Wheeler rounded out the top four with a 576 and 573 respectively. Grant shot his second personal best of the day which gave him a third personal best in aggregate score. Sophomore Anthony Contreras also recorded a personal best in the event.

The Bears record now stands at 4-9 overall, while remaining undefeated in conference competition. The team next sees action on January 26-27 as they host the annual Admiral's Cup tournament.