Top team: UAF Nanooks sharpshooters win 11th NCAA rifle championship


The University of Alaska-Fairbanks rifle team has won its 11th NCAA rifle title at the NCA rifle championship at Ohio’s University of Akron Rhodes Arena on Saturday.

Sophomore Rylan Kissell fired a perfect 600 in air rifle. The UAF rifle team ended up with a 4729 aggregate score — 2380 for air rifle and 2349 in small bore.

The last time the Nanooks placed first was in 2008.

According to the NCAA, the UAF team entered the 2023 NCAA rifle championship as the third-ranked team, behind No. 1 Texas Christian University and No. 2 West Virginia University.

Taking second place in the overall championship was Texas Christian University with a 4717 team aggregate, NCAA reported. Finishing third place was the 2021 and 2022 back-to-back champion Kentucky Wildcats, who posted a 4713 team aggregate score—2373 in air rifle and 2340 for smallbore.

Will Anti is the Alaska-Fairbanks rifle team head coach. Anti was a member of the National Junior Team and was a Junior Olympic champion with Team USA.

See the 2023 NCAA rifle championship scorecard is available at this link.

Team Fairbanks members who competed included Peter Fiori, Rachael Charles, Tobias Bernhoft-Osa, Kellen McAferty, Rylan Kissell, Marina Gonzalez Mazo, and Gavin Barnick.


  1. As a lifelong misogynist, I have always felt uncomfortable w/ the fact that women are so good at this.
    I don’t feel safe.

    • Be glad that there are still a few colleges out there that support shooting sports in spite of all the anti 2nd amendment B.S.
      Besides, I’ve shot competition and it’s WAY more work than the average person realizes.


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