Tech's Litherland named OVC Air Rifle Athlete of the Month

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - After breaking his career-high twice already this year in the air rifle competition, Austin Litherland of the Tennessee Tech rifle team was named the Ohio Valley Conference Air Rifle Athlete of the Month.

Litherland has shot, 578, 581, 585, 589, and 576 in Tennessee Tech's competitions this year. He improved on his high scores three consecutive weeks to lead the Golden Eagles. His 589 is a career high.

"Austin has come a long way since his arrival at Tennessee Tech," said TTU rifle coach Steve Law. "He has consistently improved his shooting skills through hard work, dedication and a great work ethic. I couldn't be more proud. I anticipate him qualifying for the NCAA Championships"

Kyle Rebillion, a freshman from UT Martin was named the OVC Smallbore Athlete of the month after averaging a 566.5 score in seven fall competitions, firing a season-high 572 on Oct. 4 against Columbus State. Rebillion eclipsed the 570 mark against versus Morehead State on Oct. 24 and shot a match-high 567 at Tennessee Tech on Oct. 11.

The Tennessee Tech rifle team will compete again on Nov. 21 at Jacksonville State.