Gymnasts clinch fifth-straight State trip

Bluejacket freshman Hannah Haight won the Section 7AA Bars and All-Around titles at the Feb. 14 finals at Forest Lake.

Bluejacket freshman Hannah Haight won the Section 7AA Bars and All-Around titles at the Feb. 14 finals at Forest Lake.

The Cambridge-Isanti gymnasts, ranked 8th in Class AA, took care of business with a 142.9 total to win the Section 7AA title Feb. 14, out-scoring runner-up host Forest Lake by six points for the program’s fifth-straight trip to State.

Hannah Haight and Morgan Urness finished 1st and 2nd in the All-Around totals to lead the way. Haight scored a career-best 9.275 to win the Bars, took 2nd on the Beam with a 9.35 and scored 8.8s on the Vault and Floor. Urness was 3rd on the Bars (8.925) and 3rd on the Beam (9.15) before scoring a 9.025 on the Floor.

Kaeli Kortan began the meet for C-I by tying for 2nd on the Vault with a 9.225. Kasey Bruss came through with a 4th-place 9.1 on the Beam. Also advancing to Saturday night’s Class AA Individuals for the Bluejackets was Tori Nelson who placed 4th on the Floor at 9.25.

Depth scores for C-I came from the following gymnasts: Nelson (8.85) and Courtney Durant (8.5) on the Vault; Kortan (8.575), Nelson (8.1) and Durant (7.275) on Bars; Nelson (8.35) and Kayla Rakowiecki (7.75) on Beam; and Larriane Acre-Kendall (8.05) on Floor.

Wendy Rooney and Katie Adams were voted by their peers as Head and Assistant Coaches of the Year in Section 7AA. The team also earned the 7AA Academic Champions with a cumulative grade point average of 3.810.

Morgan Urness was second to Haight in the 7AA All-Around. She was 3rd on the Bars and 3rd on the Beam Feb. 14 at Forest Lake.

Morgan Urness was second to Haight in the 7AA All-Around. She was 3rd on the Bars and 3rd on the Beam Feb. 14 at Forest Lake.

• The Bluejackets will next take on the stacked field at the Class AA Team Championships Friday night at the U of M Sports Pavilion. Defending champ Roseville, ranked 2nd in “AA,” scored a 148.6 to defend its Section 4AA title. Top-ranked Northfield, last year’s runner-up, is back at State, along with 3rd-ranked St. Cloud Tech, 4th-ranked Wayzata, 5th-ranked Rosemount and 10th-ranked Lakeville North.

Section 7AA Gymnastics: Cambridge-Isanti 142.9, Forest Lake 136.675, St. Francis 133.675, Centennial 131.275, Blaine 128.9, Andover 128.575, Coon Rapids 125.275, Anoka 124.975.

up arrow