The Threshers hosted the KCAC Invitational Feb. 12 in Thresher Gym, finishing first with a score of 84.625, and topping teams from Kansas Wesleyan University, Ottawa University, Sterling College and University of St. Mary.
Bethel was first in “team cheer” and also dominated the KCAC All-Star selection (awarded for individual excellence), capturing six of the seven spots.
Winning recognition were seniors Erin Doerksen and Jenni Schrag; sophomores Kendra Gonzales and Justin Haflich; and freshmen Whitney Danbury and Nathaniel Ortega-Torres.
Danbury tied for the highest score (18.33) with Elissa Bailey of Kansas Wesleyan.
A week later, on Feb. 19, the Threshers and 10 other teams competed in NAIA regionals at Oklahoma City University. With a score of 89.6, Bethel came in second to the host university, which had 92.85.
That high score earned Bethel an at-large bid to the NAIA cheer championships—which they entered ranked 6th in the nation—March 10-12 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.