(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) The Concordia Cheer team competed in the first-ever NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and placed 5th overall in the final cheer standings. Head Coach Kate was also announced as the NAIA Coach of the Year.
The Cardinals showed their toughness and togetherness having to modify their routine moments before taking the mat for their final round. A serious injury in the prelims caused the Cardinals to stop their routine, modify and restart. The Cardinals finished the prelims in 8th place with an overall score of 72.40.
Head Coach Kate Edge did her best to summarize the roller coaster of events and emotions during prelims. "We had a big injury in the beginning of our prelims performance. That one event pretty much changed the trajectory of our whole weekend as we had to go back out and finish prelims with a quickly modified routine. The next day we came in early and had about an hour to make all the changes needed to compete as cleanly as possible without our injured athlete."
The final preparation and adjustments combined with a determined team propelled the Cardinals to a memorable finish. The Cardinals jumped three spots in the standings to finish 5th place overall with a final score of 74.1125. The final score is calculated by combining 25% of the prelim (18.1) and 75% of the final routine (56.0125). The Cardinals impressively managed to post the 4th highest score in the finals round despite all the adversity that surrounded the team.
"This team came together in heart and soul to make this happen, said Edge. From start to finish this team was focused and used their faith to be confident they could pull it together."
Last year, Edge was named WHAC Coach of the Year and her leadership has now been recognized at the national level. At the awards ceremony on Saturday night, Edge was named the NAIA Cheer Coach of the Year.
"I am humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers as coach of the year. I love coaching and my assistant coach Shanitra Cheff and my amazing athletes make it an experience like no other. I am lucky to have so much support from the athletic department, University, and my family. I could not do what I do without all those things."
Oklahoma City finished 1st with a score of 87.08 while other participating WHAC teams, Davenport (3rd, 80.97) and Lourdes (8th, 72.77) finished respectably as well.