UNM Cheer Headed to Nationals
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/17/2013

Jan. 17, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico Cheerleaders will be competing in the Universal Cheerleaders Association College National Championships in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 18-20, which will feature colleges and universities from across the country. The UNM cheerleaders will compete in the Small Coed Division I section and will also have a coed stunt couple perform.

The stunt couple, Taylor Nunez and Matthew Henry-Marshall, are scheduled to compete at 7:03 p.m. MT on Friday, Jan. 18. UNM's coed team is scheduled to perform at 8:13 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. The full schedule and order of competition can be found here. With this link, you can also follow the UNM Cheerleaders’ progress throughout the competition.

The Lobos have competed at the UCA College National Championships since 1998. Their best finishes  were fourth in the All-Girl Team division in 2000, seventh place in the Small Coed Team division in 2010 and a National Championship in the Girls "4" Partner Stunt division in 2007.

Fifteen percent of the team's score in the competition will be based on the video the squad submitted. The video, which is available in the Spirit Program section of GoLobos.com, is a short sample showing some of the community service the team has done and also the crowd-leading ability they possess. It is not only important how they perform at competition, but also how well they represent their community and University at home.

Currently 60 student-athletes are in the Spirit Program, which is made up of All-Girl Cheer, Coed Cheer, the Lobo Dance Team and Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy. The Spirit Program does over 1,500 hours of community service each year, including over 2,000 during the 2011-12 school year.