LDHS graduate takes top honors at Southern Conference Rifle Championship

Mar 08 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel junior Allison Auten took home top honors last weekend in the air rifle portion of the 2018 Southern Conference Rifle Championship held at the Inouye Marksmanship Center, capping a strong weekend showing by the 21st-ranked Citadel co-ed rifle team.

The Bulldogs ended the conference match second behind the 2017 reigning champs, 20th-ranked North Georgia.

Three Bulldogs picked up All-SoCon honors as did head coach William Smith, who was named the SoCon Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

Auten, a 2015 graduate of Laurens District High School, took home the individual crown in air rifle, winning the finals round with a score of 246.3. For her efforts, she also earned All-SoCon first-team honors in air rifle following up a strong showing the day before in smallbore, where she picked up All-SoCon second-team plaudits with an eighth-place finish in the finals round.

"I'm extremely pleased with how we competed all weekend long," Smith said. "For us to finish second this year, it surpasses every expectation we had as a group at the beginning of the season. Everyone just worked hard and competed all season long and continued to get better. I couldn't be more proud of Allison for winning air rifle because she has put in so much work to get better all around. I am also very proud of Max and Alex for not just putting together a good two days of competition, but for showing improvement all season long and for coming ready to compete week-in and week-out."

North Georgia started the weekend off by claiming the smallbore title with a score of 2289. The Bulldogs finished second in the discipline with a score of 2241 with UAB and VMI tied for third with scores of 2228.

On Sunday, the Nighthawks and Bulldogs tied in the air rifle standings with similar scores of 2326, but the Nighthawks took home the title thanks to a tiebreaker that counted the number of 10x scores each team accrued on the day. The Nighthawks finished with four more than the Bulldogs for the win. Georgia Southern finished third in air rifle with a score of 2311.

North Georgia claimed the overall team title with an aggregate score of 4615 while the Bulldogs finished second with a respectable 4567. VMI's co-ed team finished third with an aggregate score of 4510, just four points ahead of UAB's 4506. Georgia Southern ended the weekend fifth with an aggregate score of 4504 and VMI's women's team ended up sixth with a 4427 aggregate score. Wofford and The Citadel women's team rounded out the eight-team field with aggregate scores of 4426 and 4193.


The Citadel will host the 2018 NCAA Rifle Championships March 8-10 at McAlister Field House. The field will include the top eight teams in the nation highlighted by No. 1 West Virginia and No. 2 TCU. Also making the field are Murray State, Kentucky, Alaska Fairbanks, Air Force, Ohio State and Nebraska.

The NCAA Rifle championships will mark the third national championship competition hosted at The Citadel and first since Johnson Hagood Stadium was the site of the 1983 and 1984 Division I-AA football national championship games.

Last modified on Thursday, 08 March 2018 23:16