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Mitchell gymnastics takes Lolly Forseth Invite

SIOUX FALLS — The Mitchell High School gymnastics team won the Lolly Forseth Invitational hosted by Sioux Falls Lincoln Saturday in Sioux Falls.

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The Kernels won with a score of 143.85 points, ahead of second-place Sioux Falls O’Gorman with 138.15 points. Yankton/Bon Homme took third, with Brookings and Sioux Falls Roosevelt rounding out the top five.

“It’s always an unknown going into this meet because it’s the first, but I knew we could be a contender,” Mitchell coach Audra Rew said. “Rapid City Central didn’t have a full team, which we expected and some other teams still had a few kids out.”

In the all-around, Rapid City Central’s Chelsey Christensen took first followed by O’Gorman’s Abby Thuringer. Mitchell’s Quinci Herll, Rebecca Sadler and Ellie Rew finished third through fifth in the event. The reigning state champion Colette Christensen only competed uneven bars Saturday.

Herll won the vault for the Kernels with a score of 9.8, and finished second on the floor behind Christensen. Herll’s vault is also scored out of a 9.8, and Rew said the vault was the best Herll’s done all season but the judges are still getting used to scoring routines.

“Sometimes it takes a while for the judges to get in sync,” she said.

On the bars, Watertown’s Krisia Bramer scored a 9.6 to take first, with Christensen finishing second. Mitchell’s Sadler placed third with a score if 9.15.

Sadler and Emily Prill placed second and third, respectively, on the balance beam for the Kernels, behind first-place finisher Thuringer.

“Emily Prill did a fantastic job and came through on floor and beam for us,” Rew said. “She needed that after a shaky first meet.”

The Kernels face Yankton/Bon Homme in a dual meet at 4 p.m. today in Yankton.

Results from the Lolly Forseth Invitational in Sioux Falls on Saturday

Team results: 1. Mitchell 143.85; 2. Sioux Falls O’Gorman 138.15; 3. Yankton/Bon Homme 132.125; 4. Brookings 128.475; Sioux Falls Roosevelt 128.225; 6. Watertown 127.575; 7. Sioux Falls Lincoln 127.250; 8. Pierre 123.475; 9. Rapid City Central 119.925; 10. Rapid City Stevens 108.925; 11. Sioux Falls Washington 93.850.

Individual results (first place and Mitchell):

Balance beam: 1. Abby Thuringer, O’Gorman, 9.4; 2. Rebecca Sadler, Mitchell, 9.25; 3. Emily Prill, Mitchell, 9.2; 5. Ellie Rew, Mitchell, 8.825; 8. Quinci Herll, Mitchell, 8.45; 42. Josie Dierks, Mitchell, 6.4.

Floor: 1. Chelsey Christensen, RC Central, 9.725; 2. Herll, Mitchell, 9.475; 6. Prill, Mitchell, 9.325; 7. Rew, Mitchell, 9.175; 15. Dierks, Mitchell, 8.925; 21. Sadler, Mitchell, 8.75.

Vault: 1. Herll, Mitchell, 9.8; 6. Rew, Mitchell, 9.175; 7. Dierks, Mitchell, 9.15; 9. Maria Krall, Mitchell, 9.025; 11. Sadler, Mitchell 8.6.

Bars: 1. Krisia Bramer, Watertown, 9.6; 3. Sadler, Mitchell, 9.15; 5. Herll, Mitchell, 8.9; 11. Bailey Roden, Mitchell, 8.25; 23. Dierks, Mitchell, 7.775; 31. Rew, Mitchell, 7.325.

All-around: 1. Christensen, RC Central, 37.750,; 3. Herll, Mitchell, 36.625; 4. Sadler, Mitchell, 35.75; 5. Rew, Mitchell, 34.5.