UK Rifle wins 2018 NCAA Championship

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – For the second time in program history the Kentucky Wildcats are NCAA Champions in the sport of rifle.

The Wildcats won the second national championship in program history, and first since 2011. Head coach Harry Mullins led UK to both wins.

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Kentucky used a three-point season best score, 4,717, to win by nine points over five-time defending NCAA Champion West Virginia.

UK led WVU 2,345-2,327 after yesterday’s smallbore, and held off the Mountaineers today in air rifle. WVU shot a 2,381 compared with the Wildcats’ 2,372.

Henrik Larson led the way for Kentucky in air rifle with a clutch 596, fourth best in the field. Hailee Sigmon shot 595, Hanna Carr shot 593, Cathryn Papasodora posted a 588, and Billy Azzinaro produced a 587.

Larsen won the individual air rifle final with a 249.4, including 52 center shots. He shot 596 in the individual. He became Wildcat to win the individual air rifle NCAA title since Connor Davis in 2014.

 

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com