Courier Sports Editor
ALAMOSA—Tuesday was Senior Day at Alamosa’s last home gymnastics meet of the season. Alamosa had a good showing by finishing second in the Tri-Meet that included the Buena Vista Demons and the Gunnison Cowboys.
Before the meet commenced, each senior was honored with their parents and they were presented with roses. Those seniors are, Shantel Harris, a student from Centauri, Kayla Barton, and Kaitlyn Malouff.
Tuesday’s Tri-Meet was won by the Buena Vista Demons, who tallied 136.950 total points. The host Maroons finished second with 133.375 points while Gunnison finished third with 97.825 points.
Alamosa did have some success in the individual events as they came out with slim victories over Buena Vista in both the vault and the floor exercise.
As a team Alamosa nipped the Demons in the vault as they scored 37.800 points, just ahead of Buena Vista’s 37.450 points. Gunnison finished third with 22.650 points. Buena Vista retaliated with a 29.825 to 28.075 win over Alamosa in the uneven bars and a 32.575 to 27.800 win in the balance beam. Alamosa came back strong in the floor exercise and got a 39.700 to 37.100 win. Gunnison finished third in all events including 19.200 points in the uneven bars, 26.075 points in the balance beam and 29.900 points in the floor exercise.
Buena Vista’s Lindsey Fagerberg and Shawnee Harris were the top finishers in the all-around by posting combined scores of 30.525 points and 29.925 points, respectively. Gunnison’s top finishers finished third and fourth. Maddie Smith tallied 29.550 points and Abby Jackson scored 29.450 points.
Harris was the fifth place finisher and Alamosa’s top finisher by scoring 28.650 points. Freshman Erika Steenburg was Alamosa’s only other competitor to compete in all four events for an all-around score and she finished in ninth place with a total score of 25.475.
Fagerberg was the top finisher in the vault. The judges gave her a score of 8.150 points. Harris took second in the event with a score of 8.100. Sophomore Karina Rangel took fourth place by scoring 7.750 points. Other Alamosa competitors in the event included junior Kim Lickteig (7th, 7.450 points), freshman Aftynne Lujan (9th, 7.250 points), Steenburg (9th, 7.450 pooints) and freshman Riley Crowther (12th, 7.200 points).
VanNess led the field in the uneven bars by taking the crown with a score of 7.600 points. Harris took third place in the event by scoring 6.900 points. Barton took seventh place (5.875 points), Rangel took ninth place (5.500 points) Malouff finished 10th (4.925 points), Steenburg finished 11th (4.875 points) and Mariah Curtis finished in 13th place (3.850 points).
Smith won the balance beam for Gunnison by scoring 7.650 points. Harris was Alamosa’s top finisher in seventh place with a score of 6.050 points. Emily Novotny took 10 th (5.775 points), Devon Meyer took 11 th place (5.675 points), Jordyn Johnson finished 12th (5.250 points), Steenburg finished 14th (5.050 points) and Angelina Martinez rounded out the competitors in 16th place (3.350 points).
Steenburg wowed the crowd as she nailed her super move in the middle of her floor routine to get the floor title with a score of 8.300 points. Lickteig, Sage Malouff and Novotny finished in a 4-way tie for third place with a score of 7.900 points while Meyer finished in seventh place with a score of 7.700 points.
Harris was Alamosa’s other finisher as she finished in 8th (7.600 points).
Alamosa returns to action on Saturday as they participate in a meet at Pine Creek High School. Next Saturday will be the final regular season meet as they travel to Canon City for a quad meet. The 2-day Regional Meet will take place on Oct. 26 and 27 in Pueblo Central before the Mean Moose finish the season at the state meet in Thornton on Nov. 2 and 3.