The Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association preseason Top 20 Rankings were released Wednesday, with the Racers taking the No. 10 spot in the nation.
Finishing at No. 11 in the final regular season poll of the 2013-14 season, the Racers now fall just behind No. 9 Army.
All five OVC rifle teams join Murray State in the ranking, with only Jacksonville State topping the Racers at No. 8.
Two-time NCAA qualifying All-American Kelsey Emme returns as this season’s lone senior. Assisting Emme, junior Tessa Howald, who won the OVC smallbore competition and earned First Team All-Conference honors in her breakout 2013-14 season, will pursue Murray State’s first OVC title since 2011.
Murray State will kick off the 2014-15 season Sunday when it makes the trip to compete against OVC rival UT Martin. The Racers have a quick turnaround before the Ole Miss Invitational Oct. 4 in Oxford, Miss. Murray State’s first home competition is a tri-match scheduled for Oct. 25 against Jacksonville State and Texas Christian University.