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Moose gymnasts finish second in home quad

Posted: Thursday, Oct 4th, 2012

Alamosa senior Shantel Harris led the Mean Moose to a second place finish during Tuesday night's quad meet. She finished fourth in the uneven bars.

Courier Sports Editor

ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Mean Moose gymnastics team has been competing in several key meets the past couple of weeks but none have been as important as Tuesday night’s quad meet with the Buena Vista Demons, Canon City Tigers and Gunnison Cowboys.

The Demons led the way in the team standings as they finished in first place with 140.400 points. Second place and third finishes by Lindsey Fagerberg and Shawnee VanNess, in the all-around helped lead the way. Fagerberg tallied 31.150 points in the all-around while VanNess compiled 30.150 points.

Alamosa got a fifth place finish from Shantel Harris in the all-around that helped lead the Mean Moose to a second place finish were they tallied 131.400 points. Harris’s point total was 29.350.

For the second time this season, Canon City’s Kylie Cook swept four events and won the all-around. Cook also did it two weeks ago at the Tigers’ home meet. Cook out distanced the nearest competitor by more than two points with her score of 33.800.

Emiley Parker took second in the vault and fourth on the floor for the Tigers who finished in third place with 120.800 points, and Malia Taylor took second on the floor and fifth on vault.

The Gunnison Cowboys finished in fourth place 95.450 points as Abby Jackson finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 29.950.

The other Alamosa scorer in the all-around was Erika Steenburg, who finished ninth with 26.300 points.

Alamosa’s best event of the night was the vault, an event where they teamed up to beat all the other teams and compile a score of 39.500 points. Harris was the highest scorer in the event because her third place finish was worth a score of 8.450. Kim Lickteig was tied for sixth place with her 7.950 scoring while Karina Rangel and Aftynne Lujan both tied for eighth place by scoring 7.750. Erika Steenburg finished in 11th (7.600) and Riley Crowther finished in 16th (7.150).

Alamosa’s glory also came in the floor exercise. Alamosa finished with 39.150 points. Lickteig was the team leader in this event as she finished sixth with a score of 8.000. Harris finished ninth (7.650) and Steenburg was right behind in 10th (7.600) while Kalin Doyle finished in 12th (7.500), Sage Malouff finished in 13th (7.400) and Devon Meyer finished in 20th (6.600).

The Mean Moose then went on to score 28.400 points in the balance beam before rounding out the events with a 25.350 in the uneven bars.

Harris and Steenburg led the Moose in the balance beam as they finished in sixth and seventh places, with respective scores of 6.300 and 6.200. Jordyn Johnson finished in 12th place (5.700), while Doyle and Meyer tied for 15th place (5.100). Emily Novotny rounded out the Moose competitors by finishing in 17th (5.950).

In the uneven bars, Harris got a fourth place finish when the judges awarded her with 6.950 points. Kayla Barton took 10th place (5.400), Mariha Curtis took 15th place (4.250), Rangel took 17th (3.850) and Crowther rounded out the competitors in 18th (3.400).

“Our girls did well, they are learning new moves and stuff this week,” said Alamosa Co-Head Coach Dehlia Mahaney. “They were nervous but it’s all good, they are working hard.”

“I learned a lot of new moves just today and I felt good doing it,” said Doyle after the competition. “I need to stay tight and improve my momentum so it goes easy.”

Alamosa will be back home next Tuesday when they host Gunnison and Buena Vista for a Tri-Meet.

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