DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Barton Community College cheer and dance teams competed over the weekend at the 2011 NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship with both placing in the top 5 of their respective divisions. The cheer squad finished in fourth place at the National Cheerleaders Association’s championships in the junior college division.
The dance team was in competition for a national title but ended in fifth place in the tightly contest National Dance Association championships. The competitions were held in Daytona Beach on April 6-9.
The cheer team had to make several adjustments during its time in Florida. On the night prior to the competition a cheerleader went down with an injury and Barton’s alternate was moved into the routine. Barton finished the event with a score to 8.315, not far from third place at 8.746. The Cougars were fifth each of the last three years and third in 2007.
Cheer, Yell Squad Members
Casey Amos, Wichita; Siegfredo Carrera, Great Bend; Annie DeTomasi, Loveland, Colo; Corey Engstrom, Hoisington; Mat Engstrom, Hoisington; Scott Ingram, Parker, Colo; Shaelyn Kisner, Copeland; Tyler Lofton, Hillsboro; Jared Marcuson, Oberlin; Taylor McDonald, Castle Rock, Colo; Kelsey McGuire, Pleasant Hill, Iowa; Suzy Mills, Newton; Lauren Minton, Wichita; Hillary Nairn, Great Bend; Angel Navarro, Talequah, Okla; Carissa Nott, Lawrence; Erin Sughroue, Minneola; Mike Treaster, Beloit.
The Barton dance team was leading the competition after the preliminaries were complete but fell to fifth place overall by just three-tenths of a point in the tight competition. Barton’s fifth place finish in Division III came out of 12 teams. Of those 12 teams, seven were four-year schools. The squad improved from a sixth-place finish last season.
Dance Team Members
Laura Aldrich, Salina; Jordyn Becker, Great Bend; Jenny Hayes, Russell; Karli Henning, Great Bend; Natasha Homeier, Russell; Kelcie Johanek, Wichita; Haley Johnson, Wichita; Molly Neidens, Great Bend; Eryka Paige, White City; Kac’Rae Patterson, Salina; Chelsea Stonehouse, Clay Center; McKinna Werhahn, Great Bend.