Minot State adds college clay target to club sports

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University is pleased to announce clay target as its newest club sport, starting this fall.

Minot State is competing in the USA College Clay Target League for a chance to earn a spot in the 2023 College Clay Target League National Championship presented by SCHEELS taking place Oct. 30-Nov. 6 virtually across the country.

“We are excited to give students an opportunity to participate in the USA College Clay Target League,” said Paul Brekke, MSU Wellness Center director and advisor for the Minot State Clay Target team. “We have a great group of students competing in this year’s league and hope to build on that for the future.”

The USA College Clay Target League was incorporated in 2012 as a non-profit organization geared towards duplicating the Minnesota High School Clay Target League. Minot State becomes one of 10 colleges and universities offering club clay target in North Dakota. In 2022, 350 athletes from 26 teams competed in the league at a national level and approximately 96 high schools competed in the sport this past spring in North Dakota.

“Clay Target is one of the fastest growing sports across the country and has a solid base of high school students participating in North Dakota,” Brekke said. “This will give those students an opportunity to continue to compete at the college level.”

All tournaments in the USA College Clay Target League happen virtually at local clubs. Minot State has partnered with the Minot Gun Club as its host site. This allows all league teams to participate in pre-determined multiple-day time periods and coaches at each institution submit scores.

Any college student is eligible to participate if he/she:

  • Possesses League-Approved Firearm Safety Certification, AND
  • Meets all school curricular activity eligibility requirements, AND
  • If the team has room to accommodate the student-athlete.

Minot State College Clay Targets team began with their first-ever shoot in September.  There are three more scheduled weekend events prior to the nationals. Competing for Minot State this fall is Ryan Delichte, Lane Evanson, Mason Lemer, Eason Martin, Dakota McGee, Becca Nord, and Gage Olson.

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Published: 10/10/23   

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