(Peru, Neb.) – For the past few days, Peru State is making history.
 
First, on Friday, it was the first-ever competitive cheer performance for the Bobcats. That night, the team placed fourth out of five teams while beating their first team.
 
Then, on Super Bowl Sunday, Peru State competed in the Benedictine Invitational in Atchison, Kansas, and placed second – another historic notation in its early competitive cheer history.

Cheer Pyramid
The Bobcats hit one of their several pyramids
during their competition


 
The 'Cats finished second behind Warner (Fla.) who finished with a team total of 64.21. Peru State was second with a score of 52.53 – a couple of points ahead of third-place Bethany (Kan.) who scored 50.16. Baker (Kan.) was fourth.
 
Coach Brooke Earnest was very proud of her team's efforts. She noted, ""WOW! What a weekend full of nerves, "happy" tears, and accomplishment.  We finished fourth at MNU and second at Benedictine. Fourth place felt so great and then today's second place...I can't even put into words. Both days our routine HIT, which means no stunts hit the mat... ultimately that was our goal. I am so proud of our athletes. They proudly represented Peru State College and our program this weekend."  
 
Continuing, Earnest added, "This cheer competition world is TOUGH and so is our conference. We compete against some of the best teams in the NAIA. This weekend really showed us how great our conference cheer teams and coaches are in the Heart.  We do have some cleaning up to do before we compete at Concordia on February 12th. Since we get a copy of the judges score sheets, it gives us a really good idea of what they are looking for in each performance."
 
Peru State will compete in the Concordia Invitational in Seward on February 12. The Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Championships will be held on Saturday, February 15, in Olathe, Kan. The Heart championship will be hosted by MidAmerica Nazarene.