01/27/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/27/2020 16:30
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Mount Mercy cheer and dance teams each picked up two dual wins at Saturday's fourth annual Mustang Classic at Hennessey Recreation Center.
'This year we have something special with our cheer and dance teams,' said Head Coach Dax Cox. 'With dance qualifying for nationals last year, they are hungry to get back there to show their growth. Cheer is ready to make their name known and are doing what it takes to get there.'
The dance competitions showcased teams from Mount Mercy, Graceland, Grand View, St. Ambrose, Viterbo, and William Penn. The Mustangs beat Graceland, 76.1-55.5, in their opening dual before Viterbo edged Mount Mercy, 78.2-75.7, in the next matchup. The Mustangs closed the dance portion of the event with a 77.3-55.4 victory over William Penn.
'The dance team's success put is in a nice place to start the NAIA season,' said Assistant Head Coach for Dance Lainee Uitermarkt. 'We have people at the top that we would like to score closer to, but we are also a target for other teams who are scoring just below us. The dancers will continue to sharpen the routine as well as increase their individual strength and stamina to hit it hard again at the conference championships in February.'
Teams from Mount Mercy, St. Ambrose, MidAmerica Nazarene, Graceland, and Grand View highlighted the cheer competitions. Mount Mercy cruised past Grand View, 78.65-53.25, and Graceland, 77.9-60.95, to win both of their duals. Their opening performance against the Vikings included a zero-deduction routine.
'The cheerleaders have a higher difficulty in all areas than ever before,' said Cox. 'We're stressing the execution of our skills so we don't give up any points and fighting hard to make sure that every routine is a zero-deduction routine. We're so happy that our first run had a clean deduction sheet and are looking forward to coming up with a lot more.'
The next competition on the schedules is the Heart of America Cheer and Dance Championships on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Olathe, Kan.