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Cheer takes fourth at home invitational

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

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The Baker cheer team hosted the Baker University Invitational on Sunday in the Collins Center. The Wildcats finished in fourth place out of five teams in the main event and finished second in their dual with MidAmerica Nazarene.

Baker was initially awarded third place in front of Truman State, but after a revision of the scoring Truman edged Baker by .25 points for third place.

The Wildcats welcomed in four other teams to Sunday’s invitational. The Central Methodist Eagles, MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers and Graceland Yellow Jackets all represented the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Truman State Bulldogs of NCAA Division II were also on the schedule.

The event started with all teams performing one at a time. Truman State opened the competition followed by Central Methodist, MNU, Baker and Graceland. Central Methodist took the crown in the opening event, scoring 227.5 points, followed by Graceland with 221.75 and Truman State in third with 207. Baker edged out MNU for fourth place.

The second half of the invitational put two teams against each other in a dual format. Baker took on MNU in the first dual and Central Methodist and Graceland squared off in the second dual.

Baker’s routine featured a remix of songs from Fall Out Boy, Fitz and the Tantrums and others. The Wildcats entered the floor, leading the crowd in the “B.U.” chant.

All four teams performed their same routines and the outcomes ended up flipping in both duals. MNU beat Baker 67-58 in the first dual and Graceland beat Central Methodist in matchups of Heart rivals.

The Wildcats will look to take the Heart crown Saturday at the Heart Spirit Squad Championships hosted by Central Methodist in Fayette, Missouri.