- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Mount Marty College is doing something not many colleges in the country have done - making archery a collegiate sport program.

President Marc Long recently announced that the college will partner with the National Field Archery Association and the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association to make it happen, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan (https://bit.ly/2f0bYFB) reported.

The school will be one of the first colleges to offer archery as a collegiate sport in the Midwest.

The transition to collegiate sport will take place in the 2017-2018 school year, and varsity archers will compete in competitions.

The college currently has archery as a club sport. The college’s athletic director, Chuck Iverson, says the program will be able to take advantage of Easton Archery complex being located in Yankton.

“We have access to one of the best archery facilities and coaching in the world, and there’s tremendous interest in archery as a collegiate sport, so we thought to put it together at Mount Marty,” Iverson said. “There’s always risk involved, but it’s a situation we had to take advantage of.”

Iverson said he doesn’t see archery’s popularity fading anytime soon.

The NFAA will provide the coaches and facilities for varsity archers’ use, and the school will offer archery-related scholarships.

“As the program progresses and gets retention, we’re looking to have around 25 people on the archery team,” Iverson said.


Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, https://www.yankton.net/

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