Gymnastics: LA’s Lucero wins big in all-around

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By Special to the Monitor

Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Taos Nov. 15 to compete against gymnasts from Kimela’s Gymnastics of Los Lunas, Castle Gymnastics of Colorado, Boardwalk Gymnastics of Belen and the Taos All-Stars in the Artist Invite.

In the morning session 30 level 3 and level 4 gymnasts competed and in the afternoon 32 gymnasts competed in levels 5 through 7.

In the first session Luvina Lucero of Los Alamos scored the highest all-around total of the day, winning the level 4 competition with a 36.50.

Lucero finished more than two full points above the second-place gymnast. She took first-place on floor exercise, scoring a 9.20, first-place on balance beam with a 9.15, first on parallel bars with a 9.10 and second on vault with a 9.05.

Also in level 4 competition, Sydney Schake was third with an all-around score of 34.35.

Schake placed second on beam with an 8.75, tied with Lucero for second on vault with a 9.05, was third on floor with an 8.55 and eighth on bars with an 8.00.

Jenna Weatherbie was eighth all-around with 32.60. She finished fifth on vault (8.85), seventh on beam (8.20), and 10th on both bars (7.65) and floor (7.90).

Jackie Cooke finished 11th all-around with a 31.90, earning second on bars (8.90) and eighth on beam (8.10).

In the afternoon session, Los Alamos’ Katya Skurikhin won the level 6 competition with a 34.40.

On the way to her win, Skurikhin won vault with a 9.10, floor with an 8.40, and bars with an 8.25, as well as taking second on beam with an 8.65.

Chloe Darnell was third in level 6 with a 30.30, picking up a second on vault (8.50) and fourth on beam (7.40), bars (7.30) and floor (7.10).

Claire Garnett tied with Darnell for second on vault with 8.50. Garnet also placed third on floor (7.55) and bars (7.65).

Sarah Palmer of Los Alamos was third on beam (8.20) and fifth on vault (8.35).

In level 5 competition Rebecca Runnels was fourth in the 12-year-old and over competition with a 33.80 all-around score.

For her part, Runnels was third on beam with 9.00, fourth on floor with an 8.30 and fifth on bars (8.10) and vault (8.40).

Megan Kober was sixth in this division with 31.95, taking sixth on beam (8.90) and on floor (7.75). She was seventh on vault (8.00) and bars (7.30).

Teammate Rachel Martineau was seventh with a 31.40 all-around. Martineau placed fifth on floor (7.80), sixth on vault (8.35) and bars (7.50), and eighth on beam (7.75).

In that same division, Mikayla Pulliam was seventh on beam with 8.70, eighth on floor with a 7.35, and ninth on vault with a 7.80. Gracie Marcille was eighth on vault with a 7.85.

In level 5, 11-and-under, Megan Kuzmack of the Atomic Tumblers placed third with a 33.55 all-around score. Kuzmack won on the bars with a 9.00.

Along with that effort, Kuzmack took fourth on floor (7.95), and was fifth on beam (8.55) and vault (8.05).  

Zhou Pattillo was fourth all-around with a 32.70. Pattillo was second on bars (8.45), third on beam (8.95), sixth on floor (7.35) and seventh on vault (7.95).

In level 7 competition, two Los Alamos gymnasts went head to head, each winning two events.  

Jessica Allen took first place with a 33.90 all-around score, edging out Annika Bronkhorst who had an all-around of 33.75.

Allen was first on beam (8.50) and floor (8.40) and second on bars (8.10) and vault (8.90).

Bronkhorst was first on vault (9.10) and bars (8.65), and second on beam (8.25) and floor (7.75).

The Atomic Tumblers levels 3-6 compete next at Precision Gymnastics in Albuquerque Saturday and Sunday.