Air Rifle, Smallbore
Year: Junior
Hometown: Casselton, N.D.
High School: Central Cass High School
Club: Buffalo Sharpshooters
Club Coach: Dan Geurts


Honors & Awards

  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2018)

Sophomore (2018-19)
As one of three sophomores, Mari Butler competed in five matches for the Huskers in 2018-19. Butler holds career averages of 556.13 in smallbore and 575.63 in air rifle. She set a new career-high score of 568 in smallbore and tied her personal best in air rifle (580) against NC State on Jan. 20. Butler maintained average scores of 556.40 in smallbore and 574.60 in air rifle throughout the 2018-19 season.

Freshman (2017-18)
Butler joined the Nebraska rifle team as one of three signees in 2017-18. Butler appeared a total of three times in both smallbore and air rifle. She posted a season-high smallbore score of 562 against Akron, as well as twice shooting a season-high air rifle score of 580 (West Virginia and Army West Point).

Before Nebraska
Butler was a member of the Buffalo Sharpshooters, under the direction of Coach Dan Geurts. Butler was a club teammate of former Husker All-American Dacotah Faught. She also has close ties with former Husker Kelsey Hansen. A native of Casselton, N.D., Butler attended Central Cass High School where she was a member of the Honor Roll, National Honor Society and Student Council. Butler also ran cross country and was a statistician for the volleyball, girls' basketball, softball and wrestling teams. 

Mari was born on April 17, 1999 in Fargo, N.D. She is the daughter of Richard and Carrie Butler and has one brother, Soren. At Nebraska, she intends to major in biology or pre-physical therapy. She earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2018. In her free time, Butler enjoys watching historical and scientific documentaries, reading books and writing short stories.

Butler on Nebraska
“When I was a kid and saw another girl (Kelsey Hansen) from my state go to Nebraska to shoot, I knew this was where I wanted to go. I think that my opportunities at Nebraska are endless.”

Career Bests
Smallbore - 568 (vs. NC State, 1/20/19)
Air Rifle - 580 (three times, most recently vs. NC State, 1/20/19)

Year Event Appearances High Score Average
2017-18 Smallbore 3 562 550.67
Air Rifle 3 580 577.33
2018-19 Smallbore 5 568 559.40
Air Rifle 5 580 574.60
Career Smallbore 8 568 556.13
Air Rifle 8 580 575.63
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