Rifle team on target with Air Force victory

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    With momentum on its side, the rifle team shot itself to another victory by defeating Air Force on Saturday.

    Head coach Karen Monez said TCU set a new team high for the season and a new smallbore rifle team record.

    “We had an excellent day,” Monez said. “We’re winding down with two weeks and two matches left in our regular season, and we have our momentum going in the right direction.”

    Air Force entered the competition with a victory at the Citadel, one of only two wins this season.

    This weekend, the Falcons were not able to shoot like the Horned Frogs. TCU entered Saturday’s meet riding three consecutive victories.

    The Horned Frogs gained their biggest defeat of the season against Nebraska, a team they had never beat before. Though the victory was exciting, Monez said, the team has not let their recent success become a distraction.

    “They feed off that,” Monez said. “They know we have to have strong performances to qualify for NCAA championship, and right now, that is what they’re focused on.”

    Sophomore Lauren Sullivan said the victory against Nebraska has helped motivate them in their successes, including their victory over Air Force.

    “I think the win over Nebraska was a self-esteem booster for us and it got us back on the right track and back into focus after a long Christmas break,” Sullivan said. “It’s been a good start to the semester.”

    To keep the victory streaks from becoming a distraction, sophomore Simone Riford said the key to success is all in their heads.

    “Everything is mental,” Riford said. “Most of our equipment is top notch, so it’s all left up to our heads to put everything out.”

    Two matches away from the NCAA championship, the team said it is trying its best to improve on mistakes it might have made in the past.