Glenelg hosted this fall’s Howard County cheerleading championships and knew it had the opportunity to do something special: win in its own gym.
The Gladiators did just that on Oct. 26, winning the contest with 118 points, narrowly defeating second-place Atholton (117.8). Hammond (117.7), River Hill (117.5) and Wilde Lake (117.25) rounded out the top five.
“It was a great feeling,” Glenelg coach Katie Carpenter said. “There was a lot of shock and excitement when the teams were announced because of how close the competition was. My coaching friends and I went into the competition knowing it could be anybody’s game. For my senior [Madison Peck], she had only one fall county competition her first year due to COVID. We came in second so to come back this year and win was a big thrill for her and for us to win the county championship at home.”
The Glenelg cheerleading team reacts after being named Howard County champions.
That success did not come without adversity. The Gladiators were missing some girls both during the competition and in the training sessions leading up to it due to illness and injury. However, the gladiators were still able to achieve their ultimate goal.
“Before we went on the floor to compete, I told everybody, ‘No matter what happens, we’re going to do our best because the last few weeks have been really tough for us losing a couple of girls to injuries, or people get sick,'” Peck, the team’s captain and lone senior, said. “We did our best and we won and we’re all so proud of each other.”
Glenelg appeared in the middle of the competition. After watching the first few teams’ routines, the Gladiators went to warm up and prepare for their performances. Then came the nerve-wracking period for the Gladiators between debriefing after the routine and returning to the gym where the remaining teams could finish their performances before the results were announced.
The Glenelg cheerleading team performs at the Howard County championships. The Gladiators were named county champions. (Courtesy photo)
“This is the routine you’ve really been beating your ass for since August,” Carpenter said. “You get 2 minutes and 30 seconds to kill it on the mat. It’s not like other sports where you get multiple quarters or multiple games to play for that championship. Cheering is so different where you only get one shot, 2 minutes and 30 seconds, that’s it, and you have to be perfect.”
When the results were announced in such a close contest, Carpenter and the other coaches looked at each other, wondering who would be declared the winner. Then came the anxious moment she and the gladiators had been waiting for. Glenelg were announced as champions.
“We were all just shocked but excited knowing that we performed the best we possibly could for that performance,” Carpenter said. “I’m not a coach who usually beats the floor or gets too excited when a team performs. I try to stay calm, but when they performed Wednesday night, they were on fire. My hands hurt from pounding the floor so much, yelling and screaming, just pure excitement for them.”
The Gladiators finished with 110.95 points in the Class 2A West regional, 14th overall and third-highest in Howard County for their classification. Although Glenelg did not qualify for states, the Gladiators have a bright future ahead of them with a young team.
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