Oklahoma State University is known for a proud athletic tradition in multiple sports.

Oklahoma State University is known for a proud athletic tradition in multiple sports.

Whether its with the Cowboys on the gridiron, or swinging bats of the baseball and softball programs, the athletes in Stillwater over the years have been able to build a solid legacy for themselves.

However, there is one team which is quickly establishing not only its own dynasty in Stillwater, but it’s own winning tradition: The OSU Cheer and Stunt Team.

At the end of April at the Jenison Field House on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, Oklahoma State managed to navigate its way through the 2018 College Stunt Association National Championship bracket in Division I, giving the program its fifth national title.

For Lone Grove graduate Londyn Kozar, the moment was extra special, as she was able to be apart of the national championship squad having been a freshman this season.

Having gone from primarily performing on game days as a member of the Lone Grove High School cheer squad to a more increased work schedule in college wasn’t unexpected for Kozar when she got to Oklahoma State, but it’s something she has embraced.

“The biggest difference between cheering in high school and college is the amount of work that we have to put in during practice and outside of practice,” Kozar said. “In high school I was practicing one day a week with no expected workouts outside of school. Now at Oklahoma State, a majority of the things we do are performing or competitions regularly.”

“We practice three days a week and are expected to do strength training and cardio on our off days,” Kozar added. “When we have a competition coming up, we generally practice five days a week in the month leading up to the event.”

Women’s STUNT is currently in its eighth varsity season at the college level, and its fourth at the high school level.

A total of 50 colleges across the United States and 100 high schools from nine states have founded teams to compete, making this one of the fastest growing female sports in the country.

A STUNT match consists of four quarters, with each quarter dedicated to a different athletic skill of cheerleading from partner stunts to jumps, along with tumbling and pyramids. 

Each game between two squads generally lasts an hour, with colleges being divided into Division I and Division II for the national tournaments.

This season, Oklahoma State finished its STUNT season with an overall record of 8-2, with one of those losses coming against the Division II National Champion Davenport University. Oklahoma State finished off its season with seven straight wins, including a pair of victories over Michigan State in the national tournament by scores of 17-9 and 17-8 along with an opening round victory over Texas Tech by a score of 16-12.

“The experience of performing and succeeding with my team was a feeling I can’t describe,” Kozar said. “I have never had the chance to be apart of a team which meant so much to me personally. Now I have a National Championship I’ve gotten to share with these girls who are like my family, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

Now while most people would expect a national tournament to be full of glitz and glamour, that wasn’t the case for Kozar and her teammates, who were still at work hitting the books even leading up to the beginning of the competition.

“The real difficulty comes with balancing school and other activities while being a cheerleader,” she said. “Just about every cheerleader is always working on homework in the gym before we start any given practice. Then once practice is over they are immediately off to the library.”

“This year the national tournament was the weekend before dead week at OSU,” Kozar added. “We were all in the airport during our layovers writing essays, making notecards and re-reading lecture notes in preparation for our exams in our classes.”

Kozar was also involved in choir and yearbook, while being a member of the National Honor Society during her time at Lone Grove High School.