Big sparkly bows, colorful briefs and glitter were the norm on October 31 at the Bull Run District Cheer Competition.
Districts were at Central-Woodstock High School, a new school to the Bull Run District this year. Competitors included Manassas Park, Strasburg, Clarke County, Central-Woodstock, and William Monroe High Schools. In the 2010 State competition, Strasburg placed first, Central Woodstock second, and Manassas Park sixth, which meant that the Lady Mustangs faced tough competition in only their second time competing since restarting their competition cheer team a few seasons ago.
Although they were up against tough opposition, the Mason cheerleaders felt confident about their routine, which had been choreographed by Trisha Hart. If this name sounds familiar, it’s because Hart is the owner of Legacy All-Stars, a distinguished competitive cheer organization, and she has also been featured on an episode of MTV’s Made.
Head Coach Beth Bird said, “The other teams in our district were extremely supportive of the progress the squad has made and has welcomed GM back into competing with spirit and enthusiasm.”
The team placed fifth out of six this year at Districts although they had many setbacks. Injuries were one of these setbacks, as sophomore center flyer Ellie Johnson injured her back at the Homecoming game and was not able to stunt. This meant that only two out of three stunt groups were able to put up their stunts at Districts. However, the team ended the season proud of their performances.
“I’m very happy with how the competition squad did this season. I don’t feel our scores ever really reflected what the girls brought to the mat, however they had fun, had an improved routine from last year and gave 110% each and every time they went out there. A coach can’t ask for much more. Our goal was to continue to develop as a team and become more unified and I feel we achieved that. Districts were a nice finish to the season; the girls did the best I’d seen them do, despite some injuries that affected the routine, and they finally were able to simply relax and enjoy themselves,” said Bird.
This was a great year for the team, but it is still unclear whether the team can keep progressing or not.
Bird said, “In regards to next year, the five seniors leaving us will greatly affect our level of stunting, so tryouts this May will highly determine what type of routine we can put on the floor for GM next year.”
Keep an eye out for the varsity winter cheerleaders at the home girls and boys basketball games starting December 1.