Ashley Jackson - Rifle - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Senior
  • High school Woodbridge

>> 2008-09 All-America (smallbore)
>> 2008-09 All-America (air rifle)
>> 2007-08 Honorable Mention All-America (smallbore)

All-American in both guns, led UK with a 588 average in air rifle … Ranked second on the team with a 575.8 average in smallbore … Had a 582 average in smallbore during the post-season, totaling a 584 in the NCAA Championships, her second-best score of the year … Season-high in smallbore was a 586 against state-rival Murray State … Average 94.7 in kneeling, 94.4 in smallbore and 98.3 in prone … Fired a season-best 594 in air rifle against TCU … Hit 590 in six total matches, including three straight … Had a 586 in the NCAA and GARC Championships … Charted a second-place individual finish at the 2008-09 NCAA Championships in smallbore.

Ranked fifth on the team in both smallbore and air rifle regular season averages … Totaled a 573 average in smallbore in the regular season and a 580.2 average in air rifle … In the post-season, Jackson excelled, putting up a 578.3 smallbore average and a 583.3 air rifle average… Overall, Jackson posted a 574.1 smallbore average and a 580.9 air rifle average … Best score of the season in smallbore came in the biggest pressure-packed situation of her career, a 580 total at the 2007-08 NCAA Championships … Also put up a 582 air rifle score in the NCAA Championships … Put up season-high air rifle score of 585 twice, against Ole Miss and West Virginia.

One of several key contributing freshmen in 2006-07 … Posted a sixth-best 563.9 average in smallbore and a fifth-best 578.5 air rifle average … Air rifle came to life late in the season, as Jackson posted scores of 587, 587, and a season-high 588 in three consecutive matches … Top smallbore score of the season came in a 573 performance against Jacksonville State and Ole Miss … Took home 10th place in smallbore at the 17th annual Meeting of the Shooting Hopes, held in Plzen, Czech Republic – the first international competition of Jackson’s career … The 10th-place finish was the highest of any American woman in Plzen … Also competed in the USA Shooting National Champions, where Jackson posted a 11th-place finish in air rifle and a 20th place smallbore finish … Came on strong at the end of the season, working her way on the first team in air rifle for the conference championships and NCAA Championships.

Prior to UK
Great shooter from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio … Earned14 Buckeye League (State matches) medals (11 gold, one silver and two bronze) … Participated in the National Rifle Association three position Air Nationals, placing 10th in first year, winning three gold medals, five national titles and one world title in her second year … In her third year at the NRA 3P Air Nationals, garnered one gold and two silver medals … Participated in the Junior Olympics four years winning one bronze medal in smallbore and placing in the top 25 three times (4th – air rifle, 8th – smallbore, 22nd – air rifle, 23rd – smallbore, 13th – air rifle) … Participated in Ohio Jr. Olympic Qualifiers, earning first place and second place in three years … Won two qualifying matches out of approximately 1,500 competitors at the American Legion qualifying match … Also won the gold medal in kneeling position and the bronze medal for overall match … Earned a bronze medal at the Fort Benning Nationals … Earned high marksman honors, first place, and the national title at Camp Perry … Won bronze overall medal in the NRA 50 yard indoor match … Won three medals in the Indiana State Championship, two gold medals (3P air rifle, smallbore match) and a silver medal (international air rifle) …Participated in the Vienna four position match earning the overall bronze medal … Earned four gold medals in the NRA Junior Sectional Championship … Participated in the Xavier University Walsh Rifle Match, placing 10th in air rifle, 12th in smallbore, and earning first place honors in her second year … Earned first place honors in the offhand division of the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association three-position Outdoor State Junior Championships in addition to a second place finish overall, and two third place finishes (Prone, kneeling) … Named to the USA Shooting Women’s three-position All-Star team … Earned three disciplines in the President’s 100 … Garned four medals in the Gary Anderson Invitations (two gold, one silver, one bronze) … First place in the National Guard Bureau Junior Air Rifle Tournament … Fourth place in the USA Shooting PTO … Coached by junior coaches Newt Engle, Paul Becks, and Tom Paumier … Also played soccer for three years in high school and was a member of the bowling team two years.

Full name is Ashley Lynn Jackson … Born January 29, 1988 in Akron, Ohio … Daughter of Fred and Cheryl Jackson … Has two twin brothers, Randy and Jeremy (18).

“Ashley has really worked herself into one of the top shooters in the nation. She has been working hard on her performances and you can see the result. This being her last year in college, she is going to go for broke. I look for her as well to challenge some of our records or break them. Ashley also has the ability to continue her shooting career after college and like Tom, closing out her career in college at the highest level would mean the world.”
>> Head Coach Harry Mullins

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