WICHITA— The McPherson College cheer team, opened up the competition portion of their season on Wednesday afternoon, at a triangular hosted by Friends University. Competitive cheer and dance is still in its infancy in the NAIA, as a championship sport, and this is the second year that the Bulldogs have had a competitive cheer team.
The Bulldogs squared off against the Friends University Falcons, and the Sterling College Warriors to open the season. Scored in cheer competition have a maximum potential value of 100 points, based on the difficulty of the routine. McPherson's two minute routine earned them 63.8 points, which was 20 points higher than any routine in 2018. Their skill elements, and their execution was more polished than the other two teams, but their routine difficulty was lower, and the Bulldogs wound up in third place.
First year head coach, Ashlee Annis, was pleased with the performance of her team saying, "This was the first showing for our team. I am extremely proud of their performance. They did what was asked of them which was to go out and hit their routine. It really showed in the feedback from the judges. We received zero deductions and were commended on a very clean routine. I am very optimistic headed into the Sterling College invitational."
As Coach Annis eluded to, next up for the Bulldogs is a trip to Sterling next Friday to compete in the Sterling College invitational. They will then follow that up with a competition at Bethel College, the next day.