When Chrissy and Jordan Anderson were at Emerald High School, you would often see them together. These siblings had goals and set out to achieve them, both in the classroom and in sports. Jordan graduated in 2016 and Chrissy in 2017 and both continued their journey together at Anderson University.
Chrissy was a backspot, flyer, and base cheerleader while in high school and is now backspot at AU for the Trojans. Jordan ran track all four years while at Emerald and is continuing as a sprinter and mid-distance runner at AU.
The two continue to excel at the college level. Chrissy was a 2018 Dean’s List recipient and Jordan has been recognized for several track and field awards including 2019 SAC “Watch List” Athlete. He holds two school records for Distance Medley Relay and 4x400m, is a 2018-2019 Sprint Captain, and has been ranked 5th in SAC Division II polls from 2016-2019.
Chrissy is a nursing major and will graduate in 2021. After graduation, she plans to enroll in a post- baccalaureate program and receive a Master’s in Medical Sciences. She then plans to attend a medical university and receive her doctorate. Jordan will graduate in May, 2020, in Communications with a focus on Digital Media and plans to be a news anchor or an executive producer.
When asked about the differences in high school and college cheer, Chrissy said there are definitely more practices, more team and individual workouts, and you have to take it more seriously. Because of the time commitment, however, she has had a chance to form close bonds with her teammates. Her advice to those wishing to cheer at the college level is go for it and never be afraid! Chrissy expressed that it is an amazing opportunity to play a sport in college and it allows you to perfect your craft and form great and lasting friendships. It also helps you stay involved, which is very important for all incoming freshmen!
When asked about track, Jordan said high school is like a warm-up for an extremely intense college career in track and field. Drills, skills, and technique are extremely important and are stressed even more at the college level as opposed to high school. His advice to students wishing to run at the college level is, “If you want to run, it consists of three things: hydration, concentration, and repetition.”
The Vikings are proud of both of you and wish you all the luck in your future accomplishments!