THORNTON - It was a rough day for the Ponderosa and Rock Canyon girls gymnastics teams in last weeks Class 5A state championships at Thornton High School.
The championship competition is a two-day event with the team and all-around titles determined on the first day, Friday. The individual events, balance beam floor, uneven bars and vault were contested on Saturday with only 15 qualified for the finals.
Rock Canyon, coached by Emily Duarte, finished last in the field of 12 teams with a score of 169.1. Ponderosa, coached by Lisa Fischer, was not entered into the team competition, but did have five girls in the field.
Broomfield won the title with an 187.625, followed by Fort Collins, 183.85, and Overland, 183.7. Rocky Mountain’s Keri Peel (38.925) and Lauren Glover (38.7), placed one-two respectively in the all-around, followed by pre-meet favorite Claire Hammen of Loveland (38.375). Taylor Molliconi of Mountain Range (38.3), Erick Pollack of Fort Collins (38.225) and Gabby Maiden of Broomfield (37.825) rounded out the field in the all-around.
Ponderosa’s Katie Steward placed 32nd in the all-around with a score of 35.4 while Spencer Elder was 44th for Rock Canyon, scoring 34.3. They were the only girls from either school in the all-around and the only ones from their teams to finish in single events among the top 25.
Elder placed 20th on vault (9.45) while Steward had a best individual event finish of 24th on the bars (9.0). Elder finished the day scoring 9.125 on floor, 8.7 on the bars and 7.275 on beam. Steward also scored a 9.125 on floor, 8.8 on vault and 8.525 on beam.
In one of the most overall talented fields in years, scoring in the nines proved to be difficult for the Ponderosa and Rock Canyon girls.
Rock Canyon’s Monica Sandoval was the only other competitor for Jaguars to score at least a 9.0 on her events. And, that was the number she came through with on vault, finishing 35th, and floor, finishing 45th.
Jay Escammilla was the only other gymnast from Ponderosa to score in the nines, with her 9.0 on floor, tying Sandoval for 45th.
There were 90 competitors in each individual event. Rounding out those who finished in the top-50 for Rock Canyon were Rachel Teeter (41st bars, 8.7 - 43rd vault, 8.925) and Adrienne Gullia (47th vault, 8.75).
State gymnastics, Thornton High School
Team: Broomfield 187.625, Fort Collins 183.85, Overland 183.7, Cherry Creek 182.8, Rocky Mountain 182.45, Mountain Range 180.1, Chatfield 178.25, Arvada West 178.225, Standley Lake 176.875, Niwot 174.475, Heritage 170.125, Rock Canyon 169.1.
1. Keri Peel, Rocky Mountain, 38.925. 2. Lauren Glover, Rocky Mountain, 38.7. 3. Claire Hammen, Loveland, 38.375. 4. Taylor Molliconi, Mountain Range 38.3. 5. Erica Pollack, Fort Collins, 38.225. 6. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield, 37.825.
Balance Beam: 1. Lauren Glover, Rocky Mountain, 9.7 (tie breaker). 2. Clarie Hammen, Loveland, 9.7. 3. Sela Buted, Cherry Creek, 9.65. 4. Melanie Stelling, Broomfield, 9.625. 5. Keri Peel, Rocky Mountain, 9.52 5. 6. Erica Pollack, Fort Collins, 9.5.
Floor: 1. Claire Hammen, Loveland, 9.85. 2. Lauren Glover, Rocky Mountain, 9.7. 3. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield, 9.675. 4. Melanie Stelling, Broomfield and Kellyn Toole, Overland, 9.65. 5. Taylor Molliconi, Mountain Range and Erica Pollack, Fort Collins, 9.625.
Uneven Bars: 1. Erica Pollack, Fort Collins, 9.7. 2. Tayor Molliconi, Mountain Range, 9.65. 3. Maggie Boyer, Broomfield, 9.625. 4. Austen Fankhouser, Niwot, 9.6. 5. Nichole Hagen, Chatfield, 9.55. 6. Hanna Roshak, Lakewood, 9.45.
Vault: 1. Claire Hammen, Loveland, 9.8. 2. Taylor Molliconi, Mountain Range, 9.775 (tie breaker). 3. Lauren Glover, Rocky Mountain, 9.775. 4. Katie Johnson, Overland, 9.7. 5. Kaili Gallegos, Niwot, 9.65. 6. Kellyn Toole, Overland, 9.625.