BROOKINGS-The Mitchell High School gymnastics team competed in its first invitational of 2019 on Saturday, in the Patty Jorgenson Invite at Brookings High School, and everything came up twos.
The Kernels earned second place with 143.300 points, just 0.650 points behind invitational champion Watertown for the win. Mitchell came in second in every event except for the balance beam. The Kernels won the event with a score of 34.950, which was 0.7 points ahead of the Arrows.
Still, Mitchell head coach Audra Rew felt it was not the strongest showing her team could put forth in the event.
"We came out really strong on vault and bars, went to beam and got shaky," Rew said. "I don't know if their confidence got a little shaken-I'm not really sure. They made a few mistakes, but beam can be rough. It didn't think it was terrible."
Senior Maria Krall finished second in the all-around with a total score of 36.825, just behind Watertown's Myah Morris, who recorded a 37.475.
Krall won the beam individually, posting a 9.350, which was nearly a full point ahead of Huron's Erica Zell in second place. Krall also finished third in both the bars (9.175) and the floor exercise (9.475), while also scoring 8.825 in the vault.
"Maria is doing just what I would expect Maria to do as a senior," Rew said. "This is what Maria did last year, this is where I thought Maria would be this year. She was No. 2 in the state last year and I don't expect her to be anywhere else right now. I feel like she's calm, she's enjoying herself-she's doing all the things you would expect a senior to do."
Freshman Alyssa Hughes took fifth in the all-around with a final score of 35.750. She took second place in the vault, registering a 9.150, while also earning a fifth place finish in the bars at 9.075.
Kyra Gropper placed fourth in the bars, an event in which Mitchell put four gymnasts in the top 10. Eighth-grader Kylee Bauder took sixth in the beam and Masy Mock was seventh in the floor exercise.
Mitchell is scheduled to compete in a triangular at Wagner today.