Jaden Thompson - Rifle - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Fifth Year
  • Hometown Bloomington, Ill.
  • High school Normal Community West

Career Marks: Smallbore (588), Air Rifle (596), Aggregate (1181)

Senior (2022-23)

  • Set a new career high in smallbore with a 588 vs. NC State
  • Joined that with a 592 in air rifle for her best aggregate score of the season of 1180
  • Posted two 594s in air rifle during the season, just one off her career-high mark

Junior (2021-22)

  • Competed at the NCAA Championships, helping UK earn its fourth team title
  • Shot a 583 in both disciplines at the championships
  • Season-high 585 in smallbore at Morehead State
  • Season-best and career-high tying 595 at Navy in air rifle

Sophomore (2020-21)

  • Averaged 576.583 in smallbore and 591.167 in air rifle for an aggregate of 1167.750.
  • Career high in smallbore of 586 vs. West Virginia.
  • Tied career high in air rifle vs. West Virginia.
  • Shot a 576 in smallbore at the NCAA Championships.
  • Scored a 592 in air rifle at the NCAA Championships.
  • All-GARC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Freshman (2019-20)

  • Great freshman season competing in every match with great success
  • Put together the best match of her career against Memphis on Feb. 1 as she recorded her best smallbore and air rifle marks in the match
  • Best smallbore mark was a 584, while her best air rifle was a 595

Prior to UK

  • Eley All-American Air Rifle and Smallbore in 2019
  • Junior Olympic Qualifier in 2018 and 2019
  • 2nd place at Smallbore US Army Junior National Championship in 2019
  • 8th place in Smallbore at USA Junior Olympic Championships in 2019
  • Two-time 4H Smallbore State Champion


  • Major: Animal Science
  • Birthday: January 10
  • Birthplace: Bloomington, Illinois
  • Parents: Todd and Becky Thompson
  • Siblings: Younger sister, Raegen
  • Notes: Competed in Equestrian in High School
    • 4H Grand Champion in Showmanship
    • FFA Reserve Grand Champion overall
    • Participated in FFA, National Honor Society, 4H, Church Food Pantry, Serve Project

Thompson chose Kentucky because … “It’s close to home, “family” team atmosphere, great agriculture college.”

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