Mustangs, Bruins fare well at state gymnastics

Ponderosa and Cherry Creek teams come in seventh and eighth, respectively

Posted 11/6/17

Ponderosa finished seventh and Cherry Creek finished eighth in the team standings at the Nov. 2 Class 5A state gymnastics meet at Thornton High School.

Pomona won its third straight first-place trophy with a score of 188.075. Ponderosa finished …

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Mustangs, Bruins fare well at state gymnastics

Ponderosa and Cherry Creek teams come in seventh and eighth, respectively

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Ponderosa finished seventh and Cherry Creek finished eighth in the team standings at the Nov. 2 Class 5A state gymnastics meet at Thornton High School.

Pomona won its third straight first-place trophy with a score of 188.075. Ponderosa finished with a score of 179.050 and Cherry Creek posted a score of 176.475.

Ponderosa coach Lisa Fischer said the meet was a good one for her team.

“We have a great team that broke the school record for the best score at a meet. It was a great meet for us and it was a lot of fun,” Fischer said. “During the week we had to train before state, we were able to focus on the goals we had set for ourselves, the girls focused on those goals and they came through with outstanding performances.”

Cherry Creek coach Jan Bess Steward said she is very proud of her young gymnasts earning eighth place in the team standings.

“All our seniors on last year's team graduated in June so we had to rebuild our team. But we had a good foundation of returning gymnasts. We have 35 on the team and only 14 who are new this season,” Steward said. “The girls performed well. We came into state ranked eighth and we finished eighth. We have young gymnasts we expect back next season so we feel Cherry Creek will continue to be a strong program.”

As the name indicates the all-around champion is the gymnast with the highest total score for performances on the uneven parallel bars, the balance beam, the vault and the floor exercise.

Bruins gymnast Ana George was fifth in the final all-around standings with a score of 38.175 and Ponderosa's Katherine Compton finished sixth with a score of 37.975.

The Nov. 2 meet also included competition to determine the gymnasts who advance to the Nov. 4 individual event championships at Thornton High School.

Compton finished third in the floor exercise. She won the floor exercise individual championship in the event at the Nov. 4 meet as she posted a score of 9.825. Kaylie Berens of Pomona was second with the same score but Compton took first place on the tie breaker. She also finished fourth in vault.

George placed in three events at the individual championships. She was second in vault, fifth in floor exercise and sixth on the uneven parallel bars.

George said when she was young she was doing forward rolls down the stairs and climbing on book cases so her parents first put her in dance class and gymnastics when she was 6.

“I compete with my high school team and I compete in club gymnastics,” she said. “I tried some other sports but they weren't for me. I did take a year off from high school gymnastics last year and I was bouncing off the wall wanting to do something so I tried pole vaulting. It was fun, but gymnastics is my sport.”

Heritage gymnasts competed in the Nov. 2 meet. The team didn't finish in the top 10 and no Eagles gymnast qualified for the Nov. 4 individual event championship meet.

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