North Country gymnasts compete

North Country Gymnastics level 4 gymnasts recently competed in the Cortland YMCA Winter Invitational.

North Country Gymnastics level 4 gymnasts recently competed in the Cortland YMCA Winter Invitational. Pictured is Mary Kate Cloonan performing her beam routine. Cloonan took fifth place on beam with an 8.40 and came in ninth overall in the Child B age group.

North Country Gymnastics level 4 gymnasts recently competed in the Cortland YMCA Winter Invitational. Pictured is Mary Kate Cloonan performing her beam routine. Cloonan took fifth place on beam with an 8.40 and came in ninth overall in the Child B age group.

Eleven teams from across New York State participated in the meet.

Placing seventh overall in the Youth A age group, Corinne Clarke’s top score was a 9.1 third-place finish on vault.

Kennedy Pelkey drew eighth place on uneven bars, scoring 7.0 while Kaliess Evans took ninth on vault with the score of 8.7.

Youth A’s Pelkey placed 10th and Evans placed 11th overall.

In the Senior age group, Kiersten Abbot took top honors, placing first on vault with a 9.6.  Abbot’s performance earned her second place overall, thanks to scoring 8.8 on balance beam (second), 8.5 on uneven bars (third) and 8.7 on floor exercise (third).

Vault was Julia Granato’s top event, scoring 9.2 for a third-place finish. Elexis Rinaldo came away with second place in vault with a 9.3 while Eliza Runeare took fifth place with a 7.15 on floor exercise.

Alyssa Wahrendorf placed sixth on vault with an 8.6. Granato, Rinaldo, Runeare and Wahrendorf took fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place overall, respectively.

Intermediate B Kylie Ashline scored 8.85 on the vault to take eighth place and 12th place overall in her age group.

Mary Kate Cloonan’s best event was balance beam, taking fifth with a score of 8.4 in the Child B age group. Cloonan placed ninth overall.

In the Youth B age group, Elena Ruzekowicz shined on vault, scoring 8.9 to take ninth place while Ella Smith placed sixth on floor exercise with an 8.05.  Smith came in ninth overall and Ruzekowicz placed twelfth.

The team will next compete in the Cortland YMCA Valentine’s Invitational Feb. 9.

The North Country Gymnastics team is coached by Stephanie DeRocha and Janelle Codone.

 Mary Kate Cloonan’s best event was balance beam, taking fifth with a score of 8.4 in the Child B age group. Cloonan placed ninth overall.In the Youth B age group, Elena Ruzekowicz shined on vault, scoring 8.9 to take ninth place while Ella Smith placed sixth on floor exercise with an 8.05.  Smith came in ninth overall and Ruzekowicz placed twelfth.The team will next compete in the Cortland YMCA Valentine’s Invitational Feb. 9.

The North Country Gymnastics team is coached by Stephanie DeRocha and Janelle Codone.

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