PREP GYMNASTICS: Kinley leads Trojans past Cobras
WORTHINGTON -- Paige Kinley took first place in three of four events to claim the all-around title as the Trojans gymnastics team defeated the Windom/Mountain Lake Cobras Thursday.
"It was a big meet for us," WHS coach Joni Reitmeier said. "Windom/Mountain Lake is a good team, but it was a little closer of a meet than we would have liked."
The Trojans came away with 132.850 points as a team, while the Cobras were only two points behind with a team score of 130.750.
"I think we did well today," Windom/Mountain Lake coach Cheryl Bass said. "We knew it would be a tight meet, but it was still really fun."
Taking second in the all-around was Miki Bolin of Windom/Mountain Lake with a score of 33.525, while Worthington's Maria Contreras finished third at 33.400 points. The Cobras Hannah Kloss took fourth with a total score of 32.700.
"The younger girls are getting better and are stepping up big for us," Reitmeier said. "They have really helped the team out and just keep improving competition to competition."
Behind Kinley, who scored an 9.050, in the vault was Bolin with an 8.925 and Contreras with an 8.900 to take second and third respectively. Megan Muller rounded out the top four with an 8.700.
Windom/Mountain Lake's Megan Theesfeld captured second place at the uneven parallel bars with a 7.850, while Kloss landed in third with a 7.825. Bolin took fourth on the bars, scoring a 7.775.
Courtney Engler finished second on the balance beam with an 8.425 behind Kinley's score of 8.500. Contreras took third with an 8.300 and Anna Koepsell was fourth with an 8.025.
The Cobras placed three gymnasts in the top four for the floor exercise, with Bolin claiming first with a 9.100 and Kloss taking second with an 8.700. Contreras and Muller tied for third with a score of 6.650, while Kinley rounded out the top finishers with an 8.600.
"We knew it would be a battle," Bass said. "We are just trying to increase our scores every meet and keep improving as a team."
The Trojans head to Jackson to take part in the Jackson County Central Sweetheart Tournament Saturday, Jan. 19, while the Cobras take on Blue Earth Area in Blue Earth.
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Windom/Mnt. Lake 130.750
1. Kinley (W) 34.625; 2. Miki Bolin (W/ML) 33.525; 3. Contreras (W) 33.400; 4. Hannah Kloss (W/ML) 32.700.
1. Kinley (W) 9.050; 2. Bolin (W/ML) 8.925; 3. Contreras (W) 8.900; 4. Megan Muller (W/ML) 8.700.
Uneven Parallel Bars
1. Kinley (W) 8.475; 2. Megan Theesfeld (W/ML) 7.850; 3. Kloss (W/ML) 7.825; 4. Bolin (W/ML) 7.775.
1. Kinley (W) 8.500; 2. Courtney Engler (W/ML) 8.425; 3. Contreras (W) 8.300; 4. Koepsell (W) 8.025.
1. Bolin (W/ML) 9.100; 2. Kloss (W/ML) 8.700; 3. (tie) Contreras (W)/Muller (W/ML) 8.650; 4. Kinley (W) 8.600.