Blue Jays cruise to another firstThe Jamestown gymnastics team entered the season with a lot of optimism. Now, just over two weeks into the season, the optimism is continuing to grow.
The Jamestown gymnastics team entered the season with a lot of optimism.
Now, just over two weeks into the season, the optimism is continuing to grow.
The Blue Jays opened the season with consecutive dual wins and on Friday, as hosts to the Jamestown East Invite, they still remain unbeaten.
The Blue Jays took first in the four-team tournament after posting a combined score of 136.25.
“I’m really happy,” said Jamestown coach Dave Tews. “It didn’t appear like we were on in a lot of things. We seemed a little off, but we still did OK. We’re trying to develop a little depth this year and it kind of showed up today.”
Alex Lind, like she has all season, led the way with firsts on the bars, vault, floor and all-around competitions. Her only defeat came in the beam — where she finished runner-up to Fargo South’s Kiara Bock.
“She had a very good meet,” said Tews of the sophomore standout. “She finished first in everything but the beam, and if she wouldn’t have fallen she would have won that, too.”
Behind Lind the Blue Jays got solid performances from Lukach, Kronenbusch, Westereng and Conlon, who all finished in the top 10 in the all-around.
Lukach, who finished fourth all-around, never finished out of the top five in any event and her best finish came in the vault where she finished right behind Lind in second with a score of 8.8.
“She scored for us in all four events,” said Tews. “She has been very consistent, but if she could pick up a little bit here and there that would be nice for her.”
Kronebusch placed sixth in the all-around after notching a sixth-place finish in the beam and a pair of seventh-place finishes on the vault and floor competitions. She also placed ninth on the bars.
Westereng finished seventh in the all-around and Conlon placed 10th.
The Blue Jays also got a few good finishes out of Nelson, who finished 11th all-around, and Allmer, who had an 11th-place finish on the bars.
“We got some kids to step it up a little bit today,” Tews said. “That’s nice to see.”
Jamestown continues its homestretch on Tuesday when the Blue Jays host Aberdeen Central at 5 p.m., a team Jamestown beat by four points earlier in the season.
Jamestown East Invite
Team scores: 1, Jamestown 136.25; 2, Wahpeton 124.225; 3, Fargo South 123.975; 4, Fargo North 109.80.
Individual results (winners and other Jamestown results)
Bars—1, Alex Lind (Jamestown), 8.9.
Other Jamestown results: 3, Brooke Lukach 8.2; 5, Abbie Conlon 7.975; 6, Mercedes Westereng 7.525; 9, Ashley Kronebusch 7.7; 11, Alison Allmer 7.525; 15, Carly Nelson 6.9.
Vault—1, Lind (Jamestown), 9.0.
Other Jamestown results: 2, Lukach 8.8; T3, Westereng 8.65; T7, Kronenbusch 8.45; T13, Nelson 8.075; T13, Allmer 8.075; T22, Conlon 7.7.
Beam—1, Kiara Bock (Fargo South), 9.5.
Other Jamestown results: T2, Lind 9.15; 4, Lukach 8.50; 6, Kronebusch 8.10; 8, Westereng 7.70; 9, Conlon 7.60; 13, Nelson 6.65.
Floor—1, Lind (Jamestown), 9.50.
Other Jamestown results: 5, Lukach 8.675; 7, Kronebusch 8.40; 8, Westereng 8.30; 14, Allmer 7.40; 15, Nelson 7.15; 16, Conlon 6.95.
All-around—1, Lind (Jamestown), 36.55.
Other Jamestown results: 4, Lukach 34.175; 6, Kronebusch 32.650; 7, Westereng 32.60; 10, Conlon 30.225; 11, Nelson 28.775.
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