National Champions!

West Virginia returned to its accustomed spot atop the collegiate shooting world by recording a score of 4679 at the NCAA Rifle Championships in Columbus, Oh., to win its 15th national title.

The Mountaineers rallied from a one-point deficit after the smallbore portion of the competition to outdistance Alaska, Kentucky and TCU for the national title. WVU shot 2363 in the air rifle on Saturday, enough to easily outdistance the Wildcats (4670 overall), Horned Frogs (4664) and Nanooks (4661).

As usual, the Mountaineers were led by Petra Zublasing, who was almost unworldy in her final team competition on the collegiate level. Zublasing failed to record a 10 on just two of her 60 shots in the team air rifle final, posting a match best score of 598.

WVU's other counting team air rifle scores came from Maren Prediger, who recorded a 591, Garrett Spurgeon, who shot a 589, and Meelis Kiisk (585).

West Virginia's air rifle scores easily made up the deficit it faced coming into the day. After the day one smallbore relays, TCU led with a 2317 score, while WVU and Alaska trailed by one at 2316. Kentucky stood fourth at 2315.

The Mountaineers made up that gap with a dominant air rifle performance on Saturday. Their score of 2363 was 16 points better than TCU, the defending national champions.

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