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Herll finishes third for Mitchell at Class AA individual meet

Mitchell’s Quinci Herll competes on the balance beam Friday at the Class AA state gymnastics meet in Aberdeen. Herll placed third in the all-around Saturday. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

ABERDEEN — After accomplishing a season-long goal, it is customary to take a moment to reflect and enjoy, but there was no time for the Mitchell gymnastics team to do that.

One day after claiming a Class AA team state title by the by just .075 points, the Kernels were back for the individual portion of the Class AA state meet Saturday in Aberdeen.

“I told the team this is where we show teams why we are state champs,” Mitchell coach Audra Rew said.

Of the 29 possible medals for the Kernels heading into the individual competition, Mitchell came away with 26. The Kernels had five gymnasts finish in the top 13 in the all-around competition.

“It is always hard to compete back to back and I thought the end results were where the kids thought they would be,” Rew said. “The kids knew that if they had a day like they had the first day they might have placed higher. But I told them that they did it when it needed to happen.”

Mitchell sophomore Quinci Herll finished in third for the Kernels with a score of 37.475 in the all-around, while junior Rebecca Sadler took sixth with 36.325 in a tie with Rapid City Central’s Alaina Klapperich.

The Cobblers had the top two finishers, with sisters Colette and Chelsey Christensen placing one and two.

Other all-around finishes for the Kernels included junior Ellie Rew in ninth, freshman Josie Dierks in 11th and sophomore Emily Prill in 13th.

“I was really excited for Emily,” Audra Rew said. “She doesn’t compete on bars for us as a team and she placed in that event.”

The Kernels top individual event placing came from Herll on the balance beam with a second-place score of 9.5. The balance beam is where Mitchell edged out Rapid City Central for the team title on Friday. On the uneven bars, Herll finished fourth, while Ellie Rew placed seventh. Herll added a third-place finish on vault, while Sadler took fifth on the floor exercise.

No Kernels graduate from this team and Mitchell should be set up for another exciting year in 2014-15.

“Hopefully this is going to keep them hungry for next year to not only meet team goals, but to also accomplish some more individual goals,” Rew said.