Texas Christian University Back on Top in NCAA Rifle


Horned Frogs end WVU’s five week reign at No. 1

West Virginia has been unseated by defending champions Texas Christian in the most recent Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll that now has the Horned Frogs back on top.

After dominating a four-team invitational at Ohio State and setting a school record for team aggregate at 4708, Texas Christian leaped from No. 3 to No. 1 in NCAA Rifle. WVU did not falter as they beat North Carolina State the same weekend, however TCU’s big win at Ohio State was enough to propel them to first and end WVU’s reign over the poll at five weeks.

This past weekend saw what could be a precursor for the NCAA Championships this spring when Texas Christian traveled to Kentucky for a big matchup between two undefeated teams. Kentucky shifted to No. 3 when TCU took the top spot and were looking to take No. 1 in a win, but snap the Horned Frogs’ 37 regular-season match winning streak.

It would be Texas Christian who would emerge victorious, however, defeating Kentucky 4718-4693 and setting a new school record over the one established the week prior. The Horned Frogs bested the Wildcats by 21 in smallbore, 2348-2327, but edged Kentucky by just four points in air rifle, winning 2370-2366.

What will this do to Kentucky’s rankings? We’ll have to see when the new poll comes out. Texas Christian and West Virginia are sure to remain at Nos. 1 and 2 respectively, but who is third? No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks lost twice to the Mountaineers in back-to-back days this weekend and is in the same position as Kentucky. Perhaps we’ll see no change at all at the top of the poll. New rankings come out tomorrow, so at least we don’t have long to wait.

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