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Hiram Grabs Program's First Victory at DU STUNT Games

Hiram Grabs Program's First Victory at DU STUNT Games

The Hiram College STUNT program competed in their inaugural weekend at Davenport University on Sunday afternoon. The Terriers played three different games, capturing the program's first victory over Olivet, 14-4, in their first game of the day.

In the sport of STUNT, individual games are broken down into four quarters, with each quarter focusing on a different discipline: Quarter 1 – Partner Stunts; Quarter 2 – Pyramids and Tosses; Quarter 3 – Jumps and Tumbling; Quarter 4 – Team Routine.

Once a routine is selected in a quarter (all teams learn and preform the same routines that are provided by USA Cheer), the two sides perform the routine at the same time. Judges then determine which side should be awarded the point. The team with the most points at the end of four quarters is declared the winner.

The Terriers opened the DU STUNT games against the Comets to kick off the day's action at 8:45 a.m. They wasted no time in grabbing their first victory in program history, upending the Comets by 10.

In the opening quarter, the two teams performed three different routines, with the Terriers capturing all three of the possible points to take a 3-0 lead. Following the second quarter action, Hiram increased their advantage once again, outscoring the Comets 2-1 to take a 5-1 lead.

In the jump and tumbling quarter, Hiram once again outscored Olivet, 3-2, tying the first two routines before grabbing the win in the third.

Sophomores Alex Murray and Jaya Martin and freshman Abbey Anderson were standouts in the jump and tumble quarter, throwing elite skills and securing points in the higher level routines.

Leading 8-3 heading into the final quarter, the Terriers dominated the team routines, scoring points in each round, and outscoring Olivet 6-1 to round out the 14-4 final.

The Terriers competed twice more throughout the afternoon, falling to Riverside City College and Division I Michigan State University.

"Sunday's game against Olivet was extremely exciting for our new program," commented head coach Samantha Campbell. "It was a team effort, utilizing every member to put out strong routines on the competition mat.

"My favorite moments were hitting pyramid 3, a routine we forfeited at the scrimmage, and competing partner stunt 4. I have pushed this team harder than ever this semester, and they continue to exceed my expectations. I am looking forward to showing the Hiram community what STUNT is all about this Sunday, February 3rd when we take on Olivet College and Tiffin University in our home gym."

The Terriers first home meet is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.