Mitchell Nelson - Rifle - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Fifth Year
  • Hometown Charleston, W.Va.
  • High school George Washington HS

Career Marks: Smallbore (586), Air Rifle (589)

Junior (2021-22)

  • GARC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Secured career highs in both disciplines this season
  • Earned a 587 in smallbore vs. Navy and 595 in air rifle at Army
  • Ranked fourth in average with a 581.083 in smallbore and 589.5 in air rifle

Sophomore (2020-21)

  • Great season averaging 579.7 in smallbore and 585.444 in air rifle.
  • Traveled with the team to the NCAA Championships as the lone alternate.
  • Tied his career high in smallbore vs. Memphis with a 586.
  • Set a new career high in air rifle with a 589 vs. Nebraska.

Freshman (2019-20)

  • All-GARC Scholar-Athlete
  • Competed in every match but one, scoring season-high 586 in smallbore on Nov. 10 vs. Akron
  • Best air rifle score was 587 on Feb. 1 vs. Memphis


  • Double Major: Biology and Neuroscience
  • Birthday: January 15
  • Birthplace: Arlington, Virginia
  • Parents: Barbra and Mark Nelson
  • Siblings: Sister, Amanda, and brother, Matthew
  • Notes: Member of the Beta Club and Boy Scouts in High School
    • Participated in his Eagle Scout Project and helped at youth shooting camps

Nelson chose Kentucky because … “The immense support and it being a big school.”

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