March 8, 2006
Cowley Spirit Squad places third at championships in Minnesota
Competing at the UPA Americup Cheer and Dance National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Feb. 24-27, the Cowley College Spirit Squad gave an impressive performance as they finished third in the Open Coed Collegiate Division behind only the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin.
“My goal was to make it in the top-three since we were the only junior college at the competition,” Cowley head coach Kristi Shaw said. “We achieved that goal and finished just three points behind a (NCAA) Division I school.”
The Cowley Spirit Squad consists of 10 women and six men. The Spirit Squad received the Team Academic Excellence Award for having an overall team grade point average of 3.1.
With over 3,000 cheerleaders at the championships, sophomore Bryan Mott placed in the top-five in the nation in the Performer of the Year category, and also finished in the top-five in the nation in the Best Jumper category.
“Bryan’s performance was just absolutely incredible,” Shaw said. “He was competing against some of the best kids in the nation as far as performance and skill goes.”
Fellow sophomore Daniel Brooks placed in the top-five in the nation
in the Best Tumbler category.
“Daniel did a great job,” Shaw said.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Shaw has led her team to a top-three
finish at the championships.
Spirit Squad team members are, Alison Alft, Annie Blackwell, Emily Brock, Saxon Leake, Kristina Munson, Mariah Pappan, Ashley Poage, Kendra Steckline, Morgan Stoll, Lindsay Weems, Daniel Brooks, Bryan Mott, Brandon Burke, Alex Derby, Casey Dunn, and Jeremy Stout.