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Cheer team brings home championship in first-ever event

February 11, 2015
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

The University of the Ozarks' new competitive cheerleading and STUNT team started its inaugural 2015 season in impressive fashion by winning first-place honors at the America's Best Texas Cheerleading Championships, held Saturday on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington.

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The University of the Ozarks’ Cheer/STUNT team recently won the Level 6 International Co-Ed Cheerleading Division at a competition in Arlington, Texas.

There were 24 divisions at the competition and Ozarks was one of 32 teams vying for a championship. Under head coach Tori Cox, Ozarks qualified for the 2015 U.S. Finals with a first-place finish in its division after scoring a 91.7 out of 100 possible points. For its first-place finish, Ozarks received a championship banner in the Level 6 International Co-Ed Cheerleading Division.

Ozarks posted a building score of 41.2, a tumbling score of 27.4 and an overall score of 23.1. Additionally, senior JoJo Compton took home the Athlete of the Month trophy for her individual performance.

"This was their best performance competition routine of the year," said Cox.  "They pushed through some injuries and adversity and still scored a high percentage. I think we will only get better from here. The next three competitions are much bigger, and we look forward to competing against more teams."

With a score of over 90 percent, Ozarks had a higher score than every NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II team that performed at various competitions over the weekend. With its strong showing in Arlington, Ozarks has the opportunity to compete at one of six U.S. Finals locations. The 2015 finals sites, which will be announced at a later date for Ozarks, include Indianapolis, Pensacola, Chicago, Kansas City, Providence and Virginia Beach.