C-I Gymnasts stick routines at stacked State Finals

Sophomore Morgan Urness led the Bluejackets on the Beam, Bars and Floor (pictured) in the Class AA Team Finals. She also placed 18th on Beam in Saturday night’s Individual & All-Around competition.

Sophomore Morgan Urness led the Bluejackets on the Beam, Bars and Floor (pictured) in the Class AA Team Finals. She also placed 18th on Beam in Saturday night’s Individual & All-Around competition.

The Cambridge-Isanti gymnasts stuck their second-highest team score of the season amid the tight judging and skilled field at the Class AA Team championships. With the 144.325 total, the Bluejackets placed 7th as Roseville defended its title in another shootout with Northfield.

“It was the highest score we got since we lost MollyAnn (Harvey) to her foot injury.  It was really fun to see the girls handle the pressure of the State meet so well,” said C-I Coach Wendy Rooney. “We stuck Beam, which is a huge accomplishment for any meet, let alone the State meet. We had a few girls that missed their routines at sections, and they all made their routines at State, so that says a lot for their determination.”

Coach Rooney’s girls began the Feb. 21 finals inside the U of M Sports Pavilion on Floor with a nice pack of scores from Morgan Urness (9.15), Tori Nelson (9.125), Kasey Bruss and Larriane Acre-Kendall (both 8.95). Their high event total came next on the Vault with Kaeli Kortan’s pike tsuk leading the way with a 9.45, followed by Urness (9.15), Nelson (9.025), Hannah Haight (9.0) and Courtney Durant (8.9).

Bluejacket junior Kaelie Kortan spun for a 9.45 on the Vault in the Class AA Team finals. Kortan returned the next night to place 18th on the Vault during Class AA Individuals.

Bluejacket junior Kaelie Kortan spun for a 9.45 on the Vault in the Class AA Team finals. Kortan returned the next night to place 18th on the Vault during Class AA Individuals.

Kortan and Urness pulled off slick switches between the two levels to lead C-I on Bars with a pair of 9.25s. Haight was next at 8.825, with Durant (8.525) and Nelson (8.275) next. The Bluejackets then closed the evening with the stuck Beam routines with Urness again leading at 9.15 and Bruss right behind at 9.05. Also holding the board for C-I were Nelson (8.75), Kayla Rakowiecki (8.7) and Haight (8.6).

• Saturday night’s Individual & All-Around Finals saw Bluejacket highlights coming from Kortan placing 18th with a 9.4 Vault, and Urness taking 18th with a 9.1 Beam. Urness added 9.275 Vault and 9.025 Bars scores for her 35.5 AA total. Haight finished with a 34.775 AA score, led by an 8.95 on Bars. Nelson scored a 9.2 on Floor for 24th place.

Senior Bruss’s final work for the Bluejackets was scoring an 8.8 on Beam, also good for 24th place.

“It was fantastic seeing Kasey stick both of her last Beam routines. You always want the gymnasts to perform well, and that’s even more true for the seniors,” said Coach Rooney. Looking ahead, she added, “We have the ability to make up Kasey’s scores with girls currently on the team.  The girls are very motivated to continue improving, so I’m expecting to see girls coming into season next year with new skills.  It will be great to see more competition for the varsity spots.”

Bluejacket sophomore Tori Nelson scored over 9.0s on Floor in both the State team and individual meets.

Bluejacket sophomore Tori Nelson scored over 9.0s on Floor in both the State team and individual meets.

Class AA Gymnastics: Roseville 151.8, Northfield 150.8, Wayzata 148.65, Rosemount 145.775, St. Cloud Tech 145.2, Lakeville North 144.7, Cambridge-Isanti 144.325, Champlin Park 142.375.

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