Gymnastics: Sutherland wins level 5 age division state title

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By Ann Schake

Allie Sutherland earned a state championship title for the Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers at the New Mexico State Championship level 5-6 meet.

The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers Level 4-6 gymnasts competed in the New Mexico State Championships in late February and early March.

G-Force Gymnastics of Albuquerque hosted the Level 4 State meet the weekend of Feb. 28-March 1 and Precision Gymnastics of Albuquerque hosted the Level 5 and 6 state meets March 7-8.

In the Level 4 competition, 243 gymnasts competed representing 21 teams. The Los Alamos level 4 team placed seventh in the team competition, with Sydney Schake and Carley Stillwell leading the way.

At the level 5-6 meet, 260 competitors were entered. At that meet, Sutherland won the 14-and-over overall title, grabbing an all-around score of 35.975, winning the parallel bars and balance beam competition along the way.

Stillwell in the 8-year-old division placed fourth overall, while Schake was fourth in the 9-year-old division.

Stillwell finished with an all-around score of 35.225. Along the way, Stillwell tied for first on vault with a 9.40. She also placed third on bars with a 9.125, and fourth on floor exercise with an 8.75.

Schake placed fourth overall with an all-around score of 36.40, picking up a third-place finish on floor exercise with a 9.25, third on bars with a 9.20, fourth on balance beam with an 8.90 and fifth on vault with a 9.05.  

Teammates Jenna Weatherbie and Sophie Jeffery also took part.

Weatherbie placed seventh in this division with an all-around score of 35.40. She placed third on floor exercise (9.10), sixth on vault (8.70), and eighth on both beam and bars (8.80 for each).

Jeffery placed 10th overall in this age division with an all-around score of 34.55. Jeffery placed fourth on balance beam (9.05), eighth on both vault (8.50) and floor exercise (8.40) and placed 10th on bars (8.60).   

In the 10-year-old division, Kaelen Prime placed 11th overall with an all-around score of 34.05.

Prime tied for third on bars with a 9.30, while placing seventh on beam (8.55) and 13th on floor exercise (8.50).

In the 12-year-old division, Elise Kessler placed 10th overall with an all-around score of 34.75.  Kessler tied for fifth on bars (9.10), tied for eighth on vault (8.65), was 11th on balance beam (8.55) and 13th on floor exercise (8.45).  

Luvina Lucero and Jackie Cooke competed in the 13 and older division, with Lucero placing sixth and Cooke taking 10th.

Lucero had an all-around of 36.70, taking second on the balance beam (9.40), tying for third on floor exercise (9.25), taking seventh on vault (9.15) and eighth on bars (8.90).

Cooke’s all-around score was 34.80. She finished sixth on bars (9.25), 12th on vault (8.70), 13th on floor exercise (8.55), and 14th on balance beam (8.30).  

At the level 5-6 meet a weekend later, Sutherland scored a 9.30 on both the balance beam and the bars to claim state titles in both those events as well.

Sutherland also took second on vault with an 8.30 and third floor exercise with a 9.075.

The USA Gymnastics state director presented Sutherland with a “State Champion” leotard.

Also at the meet, teammates Megan Kober and Rebecca Runnels competed in the same group and brought home honors of their own.

Kober won the division’s vault and floor exercise competition, making it a clean sweep of event gold in that 14-and-over division by Los Alamos.

Kober scored a 9.20 on floor exercise and an 8.35 on vault to finish with an all-around total of 34.80, which was good enough for third in the age division. She also took second on beam with a 9.05 and was eighth on bars with an 8.20.

Runnels tied with Kober on beam, also scoring a 9.05. Runnels finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 34.65, placing fourth on vault (8.25), fifth on bars (8.45) and seventh on floor exercise (8.85).

In the 11-year-old division, Zhou Pattillo won the parallel bars competition with a score of 9.40.

She placed fifth in the all-around with a score of 34.35, finishing seventh on vault (7.95), ninth on beam (8.40), and 10th on floor exercise (8.60).  

Megan Kuzmack also competed in this age division despite a broken finger and still managed a 12th-place finish (32.95 all-around). Kuzmack took second on floor exercise with a 9.20, finished ninth on bars with an 8.35, 11th on beam with an 8.35, and 12th on vault with a 7.05.

In the 12-year-old division, Mikayla Pulliam was eighth overall with an all-around score of 34.65. Pulliam finished fourth on beam (9.10), sixth on vault (8.35), eighth on floor (8.75) and ninth on bars (8.45).

In the 13-year-old division, Rachel Martineau was 12th overall with an all-around score of 33.20 and Rachel Andreatta was 13th overall with a 33.10.

Martineau placed eighth on beam (8.60), 10th on bars (8.95), 13th on floor exercise (8.60) and 15th on vault (7.05).

Andreatta placed fifth on vault with an 8.45, 10th on floor exercise (8.80), 13th on beam (8.10) and 14th on bars (7.75).

In the level 6 competition Katya Skurikhin was Los Alamos’ lone competitor.

Skurikhin started the meet strong, scoring an 8.95 to win the vault for the 9-and-under age group.  Skurikhin also took third on bars with a score of 8.35 and second on beam with an 8.80.

On her final event, floor exercise, however Skurikhin hyperextended both knees while landing a front flip during the warm-up period and did not get to compete in this event.

Skurikhin, who had consistently scored between 8.80 and 9.00 in the event all season, would have needed a 9.475 on floor exercise to claim the all-around title or a 7.80 to take second place.

The 2008-09 compulsory gymnastics season has come to an end. However, the Los Alamos level 7 optional gymnasts travel to G-Force Gymnastics to compete in the Optional Judges’ Cup on March 14, while the level 7 state championship meet is March 28.