Huskers finish with best finish ever

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Junior Kristina Fehlings became Nebraska's first NCAA air rifle champion to lead the Nebraska rifle team to its best finish in school history by claiming second at the NCAA Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday.

Fehlings' season-high score of 592 in regulation and 100 in finals produced a winning aggregate mark of 692 to give the Huskers' their second individual national champion in rifle program history, joining Nicole Allaire's NCAA smallbore crown in 2000.


With Fehlings leading the way, the Huskers produced a final aggregate team score of 4,666 in smallbore and air rifle to trail only Alaska-Fairbanks' winning total of 4,682. Nebraska, which had finished as high as third on two previous occasions, including a third-place showing in 2005, outdistanced third-place Army (4,650) by 16 points in the team standings. 


"We have worked very hard all season and we carried that into the NCAA Championships," Head Coach Launi Meili said.  "There was some really tough competition, and I'm just so proud of the fact that we were able to continue shooting as well as we did."


Fehlings also notched NU's highest finish in smallbore, placing fifth during day one of the competition on Friday with a score of 585.


"Our whole team pushes each other and I think Kristina was really able to feed off of that today," Meili said.  "She dug deep and went out today like she wasn't going to take any prisoners. We are all very proud of what she accomplished."


The Huskers came into the air rifle competition in second place after scoring a 2,332 in smallbore on Friday to UAF's score of 2,339.  Just seven points out of the lead, Nebraska fell short of claiming its first NCAA rifle team title, as the Nanooks outscored NU 2,353-2,344 in air rifle to extend their championship margin.


The national title marked the seventh in the past eight years for Alaska-Fairbanks.


Senior Misty Chanek also finished in the top 10 individually in air rifle along with Fehlings, as Chanek finished fourth overall with a score of 588.  It was the highest finish for Chanek in either smallbore or air rifle during her four-year career at Nebraska.


Sophomore Andrea Franzén scored a 580 and sophomore Kim Chrostowski scored a 584 to finish off Nebraska's air rifle lineup. 


Nebraska finished the 2005-06 season with an undefeated regular-season record of 9-0, in addition to winning its second consecutive Great America Rifle Conference title and earning a program-best second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.


All-America teams for both the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association and the National Rifle Association will be announced in the coming weeks.


Final Team Results

Team                           Score

1.  Alaska-Fairbanks      4,682

2.  Nebraska                  4,666

3.  Army                        4,650

4.  Murray State             4,621

5.  Navy                        4,625

6.  Kentucky                  4,600

7.  Mississippi               4,616



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