ST. PAUL -- The Worthington Trojan girls tucked, twisted, and executed at the Class A state gymnastics team tournament in the legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Friday Morning.
The Trojans finished fifth with a score of 141.3.
“Going into the meet, our goal was fifth or better,” Worthington head coach Joni Reitmeier said. “We started out a bit rough on the bars, and there were a few routines we wished to have back and improve on, but at the end of the day we have an amazing group of girls.”
Winning the class A tournament was Section 7 champion Big Lake. The Hornets won with a score of 146.825.
Worthington, participating in its sixth consecutive state team tourney, started on the uneven parallel bars in the second rotation. Eighth-grade Adrian phenom Hali Bullerman paced the Trojans with an 8.4. Senior Kara Thuringer scored 7.975, junior Gracia Elias scored 7.925, sophomore Mekyla Nystrom scored a 7.9 and freshman Kelsey Soleta scored a 7.850.
Thuringer started the Trojans off on the balance beam and was unable to hold her footing, falling twice and earning a score of 7.525. No Trojans fell again.
Senior Adamari Rangel picked up her team's hopes with a superb routine for a score of 9.025. Sophomore Abby Bristow scored a 9.0, Bullerman scored a 9.275, and Elias scored a 9.45 with a loud Trojan cheer behind her.
The Trojans finished with an outstanding team score of 36.750 on the balance beam.
“Adamari is an amazing girl who doesn’t get credited enough,” Reitmeier remarked. “Teamwork makes the dream work. When one girl has a bad routine the other four are going to step up and make things happen.”
Worthington performed on the floor for its third event. Nystrom paced the Trojans, going first with a 9.15, and Thuringer bounced back with a 9.125. Senior Presley Eggers shined in her first event of the meet with a 9.125. Bullerman scored a 9.075, and Elias scored a 9.075. Worthington had a team score of 36.475 on the floor.
The Trojans performed the vault exercise for their fourth and final event. Eggers started the Trojans off with an 8.75. Thuringer scored 8.75, Nystrom earned an 8.9, Elias scored a 9.1, and Bullerman scored a 9.125.
Today also marked assistant coach Cheryl Bass’ last meet for the Trojans. Bass has coached gymnastics around the area for 38 years, and spent the last two working for Reitmeier and the Trojans.
“My favorite has to be the floor,” said Bass. “Watching the girls perform, you can really see their personalities shine through as they get into the music.”
The Trojan girls celebrated their best state finish in their six-year run by going to Buffalo Wild Wings. The Trojans graduate seven girls after this season: Rangel, Annika Elias, Audra Smith, Thuringer, Marlena Garza, Mckenna Prunty, and Eggers.
Competing for the Trojans today (11 a.m. start) in the individual tournament are Bullerman in the all-around, Gracia Elias in the all-around, Thuringer on floor and bars, Eggers on floor and Nystrom on vault. Other girls who qualified from Section 3 are Amira Cowell and Ella Reisdorfer of Luverne and Brooklyn Paulson of Windom Area.