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Published April 05, 2011, 12:05 PM

NDSU Air Pistol program places 6th at nationals

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - They may not be the highest profile team at NDSU, but they are definitely one of the oldest and after a few years of hibernation, the Bison Air Pistol squad is back among the country's best.

By: JR Havens, WDAY

“It's a simple sport to learn, but very difficult sport to perfect.”

That sport is air pistol shooting. Marksmen aim for a bullseye that is slightly bigger than a pencil eraser from 10 meters away.

Rob Sailer - NDSU Marksmanship Club Advisor: “Most shooting sports are much more mental then physical. It takes a long time to deliver a good shot. It requires a very high level of concentration.”

NDSU has a rich tradition of success in marksmanship with teams dating back to the early 1900’s. After a seven year absence, the NDSU Marksmanship Club decided to take a shot at bringing the club back on campus, and it paid off. They placed 6th at the 2011 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships.

Jesse Meyers - NDSU Marksmanship Senior: “It was great to get NDSU and the club some recognition so that we can continue on this path.”

The team went head to head against some of the best teams in the country like the Military Academy, Ohio State, and Texas A&M.

Rob Sailer - NDSU Marksmanship Club Advisor: ”Their budgets are several hundred thousands of dollars. For us on a shoestring budget, basically we were scrounging for travel money. To send a team to nationals is pretty impressive I think.”

If they shoot as well as they did at nationals, the team is right on target for more success in the outdoor season. There are 85 Air Pistol programs in the country.