SAN ANGELO, Texas — Each year, the Angelo State University cheer team has made its mark at nationals. This year, the team brought back its fifth straight national title after competing in the United Spirit Association Collegiate Championship.
Throughout this year, the team has continued to improve in numbers while focusing more on skill and technique. Kaylee King, cheer team coach, said her team has overcome a lot of adversity this season.
"It definitely gets stressful sometimes trying to navigate through some of the adversity you face. COVID played apart into all of that and what those protocols are kind of changed some things. We try to seek help where we can and walk them through it the best way we can," King said.
At the competition, the team placed first in college situational/sideline routine out of four and third place in college band chant routine. Alexis Overstreet, junior cheerleader, said its been great to watch the team get better every year.
"It's been great like when you do something and you work so hard, it's good to see it all come together. Being able to do that with the people I love and the people I love to be around it just gets better and better every year," Overstreet said.
Competing each year and bringing back a trophy is not an easy task. However, junior cheerleader Lexie Crouch, said towards the end of the season the team kept pushing each other to greater heights.
"Going into nationals, a lot of us said that we are doing this for the people that are standing next to us. It's so crazy I know I can call any of these people and they will be there to help me. It's sad knowing it's almost over," Crouch said.
The ASU cheer team is looking to bring back more awards when it begins competing next year.