Ted Harshberger, Associate Athletic Director
OLATHE, Kan. – Peru State history was made Friday night in Olathe, Kan., as the Bobcat cheerleading team participated in its first-ever competition.
The College added competitive cheer officially during the 2019-20 year. Coach Brooke Earnest and her student assistants put together a large group of cheerleaders and then conducted tryouts to determine their competitive team.
Friday night at the MidAmerica Nazarene Invitational, the Bobcats competed for the first time and finished in fourth behind perennially tough teams. The ‘Cats scored 49.8 points.
Central Methodist (Mo.) easily won the cheer competition with a score of 82.97 while the hosts, MidAmerica Nazarene, finished second with a score of 57.8. Finishing third was Missouri Baptist with a total of 56.9. Baker finished fifth in the cheer competition with a score of 45.1.
Earnest was proud of her team’s efforts.
“There were a lot of nerves all day Friday and even more before performing,” Earnest said. “But, the whole team did a great job for their very first time competing. We will continue to work on making some minor changes before our next competition.”
Peru State was the only team which was entirely made up of women.
The Bobcats will compete again on Sunday in the Benedictine Invitational in Atchison, Kan., at noon. Peru State will also participate in the Concordia Invite on Feb. 12 in Seward.