Courtesy of NMSU
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The New Mexico State cheerleading team and mascots completed a cheerleading camp in Las Vegas, Nev. on July 27-29, where they garnered four individual and three team awards.
Senior Frank Molina and freshman Lyla Islas earned All-American Cheerleading honors, while Jordan Johnson and John Roberts claimed All-American honors in the mascot division. Roberts also received the Most Improved Mascot award.
The small co-ed cheer team, which is comprised of 19 females and four males, also saw success during the camp as they finished in second place in the Rally Routine.
“This is a short routine with tumbling, motions and stunts,” said assistant coach Kassie Ckodre. “The team also won a Gold Paid Bid which is a huge award to attend NCA Nationals in Dayton, Fla. This is the most prestigious award at camp.”
Islas, along with senior Samuel Garcia, were Spirit Star Finalists. In the Top Gun Stunt event, Islas and Molina won the first place title as a partner stunt team.
The large co-ed team, which is comprised of 14 men and 13 women, won the first place title in the Rally Routine and also claimed a Gold Paid bid.
“They also won second place in the Game Day Chant,” Ckodre said. “This is a chant and cheer used to engage the crowd.”
Utah Valley, Weber State, UTEP and Wyoming also participated in the camp.
The NM State cheer team and mascots are currently preparing for the 2015-16 season where they will cheer for the Aggie athletic teams and compete in national competitions.