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Gymnastics: Trojans score high, beat St. James Area

Worthington's Hali Builerman begins her rotation on the vault as assistant coach Junior Nguyen spots her in a match with St. James Thursday night in Worthington. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)

BY DOMINIC BURNS

The Globe

WORTHINGTON -- On the entrance wall to the Worthington armory, a sign says, “I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on its my team.”

The Worthington Trojans’ gymnastics team lives by its mantra this season, making team a family.

In a Thursday dual meet at the armory, Worthington scored 142.925 and St. James Area scored a 107.25. The Trojan girls improved nearly a full point since their last match against Martin County Area.

“The exciting part is we still have a lot of room to go.” coach Joni Reitmeier said.

The positive support the girls have for one another demonstrate the value they put in gymnastics being a team sport.

“We are like a family, and that's the best part.” senior co-captain Autumn Drahota said after Thursday’s event. “We lift each other up, even if you don’t fall.”

Drahota competed at uneven parallel bars against St. James Area, using a new release. She scored well, with a 7.95.

Drahota joined gymnastics in seventh grade. She learned fast, and was able to catch up with girls who have been participating for as long as they can remember.

Worthington once again was simply supreme on the vault. Adrian product Gracia Elias placed third with a 9.1, Mekyla Nystrom placed second with a 9.175, and seventh-grader Hali Bullerman tied with McKenna Prunty for first with a 9.425.

“When you’re done with your routine, the hardest part is getting to all your teammates for a hug.” Hali Bullerman jested at the amount of support her caring teammates make.

Despite her youth, Bullerman shows great capability, participating for the varsity in both vault and balance beam.

“Our bars have improved immensely. The girls have worked really hard, and our scores show that.” Reitmeier proclaimed.

Elias placed first on bars with an 8.75. Prunty placed second with 8.5, and WHS junior Kara Thuringer tied for third with freshman Mekyla Nystrom with 8.425

Freshman Abby Bristow took top honors on balance beam with a 9.15. Elias took second with a 9.0, and Bullerman placed third with an 8.625.

Prunty shimmied and shined on the floor, taking top score with a 9.25, Bristow placed second with a 9.175, and Elias placed third with a 9.075.

Elias won the all-around with a total of 35.925, Prunty was not far behind with a 35.75, and Thuringer vaulted her way to third with a total of 33.825.

“Each and everyone of us make up the team.” Drahota reinforced. “Everyone has a job to help the team, and it’s what makes gymnastics here great.”

Worthington looks to continue to improve on its season in its next match. The girls will compete against Blue Earth Area, in Worthington next Tuesday.