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Detroit Lakes gymnasts take home win despite fielding four gymnasts

Despite having just four gymnasts competing in the Fargo North Invitational Saturday, the Detroit Lakes team still ran away with the meet with a 141.525.

The Laker quad claimed four of the top five all-around scores, led by Kristi Hoppert, who finished with a 35.9 and was followed by Jessica Stelter's 35.7, Courtney Einerson's 35.272 for fourth and Amy Crawford's 34.65 for fifth.

"The beam was strong for us again and the girls all hit 9.0 on vault, too," said DL head coach Jenny Whipple.

The Lakers are shorthanded with injuries to both Shayna Dugger and Natalie Hoffert, but they are expected back soon.

DL captured four of the top five spots in vault, with all landing a 9.0 or better -- the second time four Laker gymnasts accomplished that feat.

Stelter hit a 9.4 for first, while Crawford was second at 9.3, Hoppert third at 9.2 and Einerson fifth with a 9.0.

The Lakers' beam routine is getting stronger and stronger with each meet, as again, they took the top four of five slots.

Einerson took gold with a score of 9.125. She was followed by Stelter's 9.075, Hoppert's 8.6 in fourth and Crawford's 8.525 for fifth.

"We do need to have some better floor scores to help improve our team score, so that's something we are working on," Whipple said. "And we would like to get our bar scores up in the 9.0's too."

Nonetheless, Stelter won the floor event with an 8.875 and Hoppert was second with an 8.75.

Hoppert also won bars with a 9.35, as Einerson (8.8), Crawford (8.55) and Stelter (8.35) placed third through fifth.

The Lakers dropped down to No. 4 in Class 1A, with an average of 142. Becker and Big Lake are each just .2 of a point ahead of DL, while Perham holds the top spot with a 145.

The Lakers will be competing in the Moorhead Invite Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Fargo North Invite, Saturday, Jan. 10.

DL event results (team 1st out of four teams with 141.525 points) -- All-around: 1. Kristi Hoppert 35.9; 2. Jessica Stelter 35.7; 4. Courtney Einerson 35.275; 5. Amy Crawford 34.65...Floor: 1. Stelter 8.875; 2. Hoppert 8.75; 7. Einerson 8.35; 8. Crawford 8.275...Beam: 1. Einerson 9.125; 2. Stelter 9.075; 4. Hoppert 8.6; 5. Crawford 8.525...Bars: 1. Hoppert 9.35; 3. Einerson 8.8; 4. Crawford 8.55; 5. Stelter 8.35...Vault: 1. Stelter 9.4; 2. Crawford 9.3; 3. Hoppert 9.2; 5. Einerson 9.0.