University Overcomes Tough Cv
Although Central Valley took first place in every event of Thursday’s Greater Spokane League gymnastics meet at its school, University was able to come back after trailing by three points after three events to remain undefeated.
U-Hi (12-0) finished with 169.00 points to beat the Bears’ 168.15. Rogers (4-8) was third with 135.90, Shadle Park (2-10) fourth at 132.80.
U-Hi competed on the balance beam in the last event while CV (10-2) competed on the bars.
“We were a little worried going into the final event,” U-Hi coach Stacey Heaton said of the close finish, “but the beam is our strongest event. The girls are confident of their beam routines.”
Still, the Titans’ Coleen Pierce, who gave the best beam performance for U-Hi, was only able to tie CV’s Bethany Porter for first in that event.
“They improved by almost five points and my goal is to improve every meet,” CV coach Kim Brunelle said of her team. “I was very pleased with them. I was not disappointed.”
The Bears’ Lindsay Linerud finished second in the all-around to U-Hi’s Kim Meyers.
Teammate Porter finished third.
“This is my personal best all-around score ever,” Porter said.
In a four-way at Mead, Kelly Herron won three events - including a personal-best 8.9 on the beam - as the host Panthers (10-2) tied CV for second place by outscoring, in order, North Central (4-8), Ferris (6-6) and Lewis and Clark (0-12).
Melanie Wild of Ferris took second in the all-around with a 31.5 to Herron’s 33.4.
Mead’s Amanda Dibble, in her first all-around competition, finished third. Ferris freshman Kacey Frederickson won the floor.
Ferris competed without its top gymnast, Liz Miller.