Kentucky rifle wins back-to-back national titles

The Wildcats won the program’s fourth national title Saturday.
UK Rifle wins the national title.
UK Rifle wins the national title.(UK Athletics)
Published: Mar. 12, 2022 at 10:23 PM EST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (WKYT) - The Kentucky rifle team won their second straight national title Saturday with an impressive showing in Colorado Springs.

The Wildcats have now won national championships in 2011, 2018, 2021 and 2022 with all of those coming under head coach Harry Mullins. Mullins is now the second coach in UK Athletics history to win four national championships during their tenure, joining the legendary Adolph Rupp, who led the UK men’s basketball team to four national championships.

Kentucky becomes the first program to win back-to-back national titles since West Virginia won five straight from 2013-2017.

The title came as UK scored a 4739 team score, which is the best team score at the NCAA Championships in the 60-shot era. The previous best was UK’s 4731 it scored to win the title in 2021. The Wildcats were in a great position to earn the title after a 2360 smallbore team score Friday. The Wildcats shot a 2379 air rifle Saturday for the win.

“I am very proud of the team and so happy to be bringing the national championship trophy back to Lexington,” UK head coach Harry Mullins said. “For them to post that high smallbore score yesterday and follow it up with another great all-around performance today was impressive. Mary, Richard and Will each did their job in the first relay of posting high scores to set the tone. Then Allison was just fearless in the final relay to bring home the high score and secure the win. Although five athletes came with us to Colorado Springs, this championship was a team effort that could not have been achieved without all nine athletes on the team, our amazing assistant coach Rena Curvey and some fantastic support staff. Thanks to everyone and can’t wait to show off this trophy to Big Blue Nation.”

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