Litherland sets another career high, Golden Eagles with best shooting performance of the year

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech rifle team had its best competition of the season when it shot against Morehead State on Sunday, posting a team score of 4,511 against the Eagles, who scored 4,515.

“We shot very well this weekend,” TTU rifle coach Steve Law said. “It’s a season high so far and we were much more consistent. It’s a good sign the team is coming together.”

Tech finished with a team score of 2,223 in the smallbore competition and 2,288 in the air rifle event. Morehead State shot 2,251 in the smallbore and 2,264 in air rifle, and Morehead State Blue shot 2,155 in smallbore and 2,193 in the air rifle.

Austin Litherland broke the career-high that he set last week when he shot 589 in air rifle. That score was the highest air score in two years at Tech.
“If Austin Litherland continues his trend, he will stand a good chance of qualifying for the NCAA Championships,” Law said.

Also in the air rifle competition Chase Cortner shot 575, Curtis Gagne shot 567 and Jessica McCauley shot 557 for the Golden Eagles.

In the smallbore competition Gagne led Tech with 564, followed by Litherland at 554, Krystle Harris at 553 and Patrick Stidham at 552.

The Golden Eagles will compete again on Nov. 7 at Jacksonville State.