Kernel gymnasts claim Jill McCormick Invitational title

Mitchell Gold wins title with 146.100 points.

Mitchell's Bentley Bates competes in the vault during the Jill McCormick Gymnastics Invitational on Saturday at Mitchell High School.

The Mitchell High School gymnastics team continued to roll through the season Saturday.

The Kernels were split into two teams at the Jill McCormick Invitational -- Mitchell Gold and Mitchell Black -- at MHS gym.

“I think the girls really enjoy performing at home and of course it’s always important for us to do our best showing for our home crowd,” Mitchell coach Audra Rew said. “It’s also our last meet before Christmas break and also during finals. There’s just a lot of avenues to this meet. But I am very happy with how the girls performed.”

Mitchell Gold won the team title with 146.100 points. Mitchell Black placed fourth (140.650), finishing behind Watertown (144.700) and Harrisburg (140.650).

“It was nice to give some of the kids an opportunity to do different events,” Rew said.


Rew put Chelsey Mohr in the all-around and she placed fourth (35.95), while Kyra Gropper also competed in the all-around and finished third (36.2).

The Kernels captured individual titles in the vault and beam. Emily Moody tied for first in the vault with a score of 9.500. Kyra Gropper captured the beam title with a 9.650.

In the all-around, Moody (36.3) placed second.

The Kernels will be at Brookings on Jan. 9. Mitchell will practice Monday and Tuesday before taking its break for Christmas. The Kernels will return to practice on Dec. 28.

“They need a break,” Rew said. “They need a rest. They are pretty fired up to come back and be ready in Brookings.”

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