Kayla Kalenza - Rifle - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Junior
  • Hometown Fort Mill, S.C.
  • High school Nation Ford High School

Career Marks: Smallbore (589), Air Rifle (594), Aggregate (1182)

2022-23 (Sophomore)

  • Set career highs in all three categories during the season
  • Posted a career-high 589 in smallbore twice during the season
  • Started her sophomore season by scoring a career-best 594 in air rifle

2021-22 (Freshman)

  • Showed great growth as a true freshman
  • Posted career-high marks in both smallbore and air rifle during the season
  • Scored a 580 in smallbore at Murray State and a 590 in air rifle at the GARC Championships

Prior to UK

  • Holds two CMP National Spotter records in the 3×20 Marine Corps JROTC overall and 3×20 Marine Corps JROTC overall plus finals.
  • Three time individual national champion (NRA 3×40 National Championships, US Army Junior Nationals 3×40, NRA Indoor National Championships 3×30).
  • Been part of eight team national records and 32 team national championships titles

Major: Computer Science
Birthday: July 6
Birthplace: Charlotte, N.C.
Parents: Jennifer and Roger Kalenza
Siblings: Sophie Kalenza and Chasity Evans

Notes: Member of the Marine Corps JROTC in high school

I choose Kentucky … “when I spoke to Coach Mullins, he reminded me of the coach I had through high school and I loved my high school coach. I was able to click with Coach Mullins very well. The campus was also very homey feeling when I visited and it felt like a place where I could fit in.”

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