Cheer Team Captures Regional Title

Posted February 25, 2017


Marshall, Mo. (February 25, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College cheerleading team competed at the NAIA Southeast Regional Qualifier at Lindenwood (Ill.) University-Belleville Saturday.  The Vikings trailed after the first round of competition, but came back to win the regional title, finishing with a total score of 85.99.


Missouri Valley opened the competition with a preliminary score of 82.91 in the team’s first performance.  The Vikings sat in second place after the first competition, trailing Lindenwood (Ill.) University Belleville, which finished with an 83.78 preliminary score.  Missouri Valley came back strong in the final competition, earning a score of 87.01.  The team earned scores of 88.0, 86.0 and 87.8 from the three judges, with a .25 deduction.  The 82.91 preliminary score was worth 25-percent, while the 87.01 final score was given a 75-percent weight, to give the Vikings a total score of 85.99.  Lindenwood-Belleville finished second with an 83.89, while Missouri Baptist University finished third with a 79.05.


“The team spent the past week adding difficulty to their stunt and pyramid sections,” said MissourI Valley Cheerleading Head Coach Victoria Cox.  “We had issues in both sections and with our tumbling in the prelims.  We corrected those errors in the final round, and finished with a good enough performance to win the championship.  The team pushed through a few lingering shoulder injuries to hit the routine with no drops.  We only had a .25-point deduction in the final round, and finished with high averages from the judges.  Now that we have an automatic berth into the National championships, we are aiming to score even higher.  The coaches are extremely proud of the entire team and all they have accomplished.”


The Vikings have earned an automatic berth into the 2017 NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championships.  The entire competition field will be announced by the NAIA Sunday at 5 p.m.  The 2017 National championships take place March 10-11 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  The selection show will be shown live at




About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit


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