Warrior Cheer Earns Top Spot at Qualifier, Headed to Nationals

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University’s competitive cheer team stood out from their peers on Saturday as they earned the top spot at the NAIA Northwest Qualifier in Sioux City, Iowa. Their score (84.95) was just over 16 points better than the second place team, Doane University (68.85).

The Warriors earned an 86.15 after their preliminary routine and then a score of 84.55 in the finals for a grand total of 84.95.

“Today was such a great day on the competition floor,” stated head coach Kayla Murray. “We finally reached our goal of hitting a zero deduction routine and I couldn’t be more proud of all the hard work they have put in to get here. After our competition at Siena Heights we brought back our choreographer for a little revamp to showcase some skills better and it completely payed off and they nailed it.”

Midland is making a return to the NAIA National Championship after narrowly missing a berth in 2019. In addition to their win on Saturday in the regional qualifier, the Warriors won the Great Plains Athletic Conference championship earlier this season.

“I look forward to spending the next two weeks of our season with these awesome athletes polishing all those final touches to prepare us for the NAIA National Championship,” added Coach Murray. “The work is most definitely worth it and these athletes definitely deserved it today.”

The 2020 NAIA Competitive Cheer National Championship will take place on March 13-14 in Davenport, Iowa. Midland will be one of 12 schools vying for the title on the campus of St. Ambrose University.