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Tennessee Tech hosting OVC Rifle Champonships this weekend

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Jacksonville State will be looking to win its fifth straight Ohio Valley Conference rifle title this weekend at the 2009 OVC Riffle Championship. The two-day event, which takes place Feb. 7-8, will be held on the campus of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. Along with JSU, teams from Morehead State, Murray State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin will participate in the championship.

Jacksonville State will be looking to extend its title streak to five straight this year, a feat matched only by Murray State, which won seven consecutive championships from 1994-2000. The Gamecocks finished second in the small bore last year and first in the air rifle to capture their fourth conference crown.

This year’s championship has the potential to be very competitive with all five teams ranking in the top 20 of the 2008-09 Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Mid-Season poll. Murray State will look to regain the title after finishing second in the last three championships. The Racers have finished no worse than third since the inception of the Conference championship in 1994.

The competition is set to begin on Saturday with the first of three small bore relays getting underway at 8 a.m. CT. Air rifle gets started on Sunday, with the first of three relays starting at 8 a.m.