Midland University has announced the addition of men’s and women’s shotgun sports as its 24th and 25th collegiate sports.

The addition of Shotgun Sports makes Midland University the first institution in the state to offer the program at the varsity level.

“Being able to provide student-athletes with an opportunity to follow their passion is something we strive for at Midland,” Midland President Ben Sasse. “By pushing students to excel in competition as well as the classroom, we are preparing these athletes to contribute to their communities for a lifetime.”

Shotgun sports are one of the fastest growing sports among high school students in the state as this year the 43rd Annual Cornhusker State Trap Shoot in Doniphan broke the previous record with 1,281 high school students participating. The event works in conjunction with the Nebraska State Games and Parks.

“It’s a sport that makes tremendous sense regionally,” Midland Director of Athletic Operations Jason Dannelly said. “It is our intent to attract some of the best marksmen in the state to compete for the Warriors.”

Through the generous support of donors, Midland University is able to offer scholarships for varsity participants of shotgun sports. The Warriors plan to start competing against other colleges in the Midwest during the 2012-13 school year in a number of different shooting events.

The ACUI Clay Target Championships is next spring at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas.

Last year 57 colleges and universities registered for the championships in San Antonio. Over 500 athletes qualified for the championships in six disciplines which include American Skeet, American Trap, International Wobble Trap, International Skeet, Five Stand, and Sporting Clays.