Lauren Phillips

Lauren Phillips, a graduate shooter, concentrates while in the prone position during the rifle match against North Georgia University on Nov. 19, 2017 in Reynolds Coliseum. Phillips contributed 584 points during smallbore and 595 points during air rifle to the Wolfpack's aggregate score of 4650 for a win against North Georgia.

After finishing fourth last year, the NC State rifle team (11-7, 3-5 GARC) couldn’t perform in the air rifle and finished sixth at this year’s GARC Championships in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Graduate student Lauren Phillips has been NC State’s best shot, and she maintained that by finishing third in the small-bore competition with a score of 582. She has finished in the top three on three occasions in her career, including winning the competition her freshman year. 

The rest of the team shot well in small bore too, highlighted by sophomore Kendra Jacobs and junior Will Marciniak who finished with scores of 579 and 578, respectively. 

The No. 11 Wolfpack ended the round with a team score of 2,308, which was good enough for fourth place at the time. 

The end of the first day saw awards handed out, and Phillips was named a Second Team All-GARC Selection in small bore, while Jacobs received an honorable mention. 

The air rifle was a different story though, as the Wolfpack was just not on target.

Phillips carried the team in this competition, scoring the Wolfpack’s only perfect rounds with her fourth and sixth series and finishing with a score of 589. It wasn’t enough though, as the next highest scores were 585 by sophomore Claire Zanti and 584 by sophomore Zach Eisenberg. 

The Pack ended with a team score of 2,338, which was good for eighth place in air rifle out of nine teams.

With an aggregate score of 4,646, NC State finished in sixth place, defeating Army, Akron and Memphis. West Virginia was the winner of the competition for the ninth straight time. 

This concluded the Wolfpack’s team portion of the season, but Phillips has been selected to compete at the NCAA Championships in the small bore.