Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks new competitive cheerleading and STUNT team started the 2015 season in impressive fashion winning first place honors at the America's Best Texas Cheerleading Championships on the campus of UT-Arlington Saturday.
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 US Finals with a first-place finish after scoring a 91.7 out of 100 points before minor deductions. 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. And with its strong showing in Arlington, Ozarks has the opportunity to compete at one of six US Finals locations. 2015 sites, which will be announced at a later date for Ozarks, include Indianapolis, Pensacola, Chicago, Kansas City, Providence and Virginia Beach.