Fairbanks shooter tops NCAA competition

Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska Fairbanks sophomore Matt Emmons capped an incredible season by sweeping the individual titles at the NCAA Rifle Championships on Friday at Ohio State University.

Emmons and his UAF teammates dominated the competition on Friday as the Nanooks swept the top four positions in the smallbore competition. They placed all six of its qualifiers in the top 10.

All three UAF shooters who qualified in the air-rifle competition placed in the top nine.

''To have six in the top 10 in the nation, including the top four in a row, I don't think that's ever been done before,'' first-year UAF rifle coach Dave Johnson told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in a telephone interview from Columbus, Ohio.

The Nanooks were aiming for their third straight NCAA title Saturday in the team competition.

Emmons posted a score of 1,179 to win the smallbore championship by two points over sophomore teammate Per Sandberg, who posted an 1,177. Freshman Karl Olsson finished third at 1,174 and senior Olympian Melissa Mulloy was fourth at 1,171.

Senior captain Grant Mecozzi took eighth with an 1,163 and junior Amber Darland was 10th at 1,161.

Emmons and Amanda Trujillo of Nebraska posted scores of 392 in the air-rifle event, Emmons winning the tiebreaker by hitting 30 center shots to 27 for Trujillo.

Olsson finished in seventh place with a 387 and Mecozzi was ninth with a 386 in the final match of his UAF career.

Emmons became just the third shooter to win both national titles in the same year. Rob Fitz-Randolph was the first to accomplish that feat in 1980 and UAF's Kelly Mansfield did it two years ago.

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