The Dexter competitive cheer team headed down I-94 Wednesday night and took another giant leap forward as they got a chance to see and compete against the best programs in the state.
Melvindale hosted a Competitive Cheer Quad Meet and split the event into two with three teams in the first session and four teams in the second session. Dexter competed in the nightcap.
The host Cardinals cheered their way to first place in the opening session. Melvindale scored 202.30 in the first round, 175.60 in round two and closed with a 255.50 in round three for a top score of 641.40.
Everest Collegiate took second with 606.92 points.
Edsel Ford finished third with 414.70 points. The Thunderbirds scored 212.50 in the opening round followed by 180.20 in round two and didn’t compete in round three.
The nightcap featured Division 1 State Champion Allen Park and perennial powerhouse Gibraltar Carlson and the two heavyweights put on a show.
The Jaguars jumped out to a slight (very slight) 237.80-237.50 lead after round one. Allen Park went 232.20 in round two to Carlson’s 231.82 for a slight (very slight) 470 to 469.32 lead heading into the final round.
Allen Park scored an impressive 320.10 in round three while Carlson went 313.8 as the Jaguars finished first with 790.10 points. Carlson was second with 783.12 points.
Avondale took third with 719.58 points.
The Dreadnaughts scored 217.70 points in a spirited first round. Dexter scored 197.02 points in round two and 272 in round three for a 686.72 total. For those keeping score, that 686.72 total would have won the first session.
Dexter will compete on Saturday at Pinckney.