Gymnasts repeat, win fourth straight State True Team title
The No. 1A Laker gymnasts captured a fourth consecutive State Class A True Team championship Saturday at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium winning by a wide margin.
Detroit Lakes scored 188.125 finishing more than eight points ahead of runners-up Sartell St. Stephen (179.775).
“It’s crazy and it’s so much fun,” senior Emma Disse said. “It couldn’t be better doing it in front of the home crowd. It’s great!”
Disse, along with fellow seniors Alexis Ostlie and Katrina Okeson, have four straight years of nothing but a state True Team title and are a few weeks from going for a fourth consecutive MSHSL state title.
“Our next main goal is sections and getting healthy,” Disse said. “We had a couple girls out tonight. Knowing we could score as well as we did today and not having everyone, it’s awesome.”
Peyton Jernberg missed the meet with an ankle injury. Lexi Yliniemi competed while dealing with a hip flexor injury. Justine Lawrence is dealing with a back issue.
“They’ve been awesome just pushing through,” said Disse.
Nagging injuries late in the season are nothing new to a squad that has competed as long as a team can in the postseason for half a decade.
While the True Team meet centers around team scores and does not acknowledge individual scores at the awards ceremony, the Lakers had three of the top five all-around performances.
Disse recorded the highest score with a 38.025. Jackson Hegg was second with 37.95. Cora Okeson finished fifth with 36.9.
Hegg was the early team leader for DL in the all-around this season, has performed consistently all season and is a threat to win the title at each meet.
Disse had a slower start to the year after a disappointing finish at state diving that made getting revved up for gymnastics competition a tall task in the opening month of the season.
“The early season was difficult for me coming off of diving and not ending the way I wanted to,” she said. “It was a little bit harder to get into things because I felt like I was unfinished in diving. Now that I’ve let that go and really got into this it’s been awesome.”
Okeson gives the Lakers three deep threats at all-around titles. She was the 2016 state Class A all-around silver medalist.
Justine Lawrence is in the mix. She had top three scores on beam, bars and vault.
Eighth-grader Ellie Hultin had a strong performance under pressure scoring 9.3 on bars for a top six finish.
DL had three of the top four floor routines, five of the top seven on beam, four of the top six on bars and three of the top four vaults.
The Lakers dominated the meet and head into a road trip of three meets in Park Rapids, Moorhead and Bemidji to set up a repeat performance at the Section 8A Championships in Perham Saturday, Feb. 17.
“Right now, consistency is key,” Disse said. “We know we have our skills; we just have to do them consistently the way we’ve been practicing.”
Minnesota Class A State True Team Gymnastics
1 Detroit Lakes 188.125
2 Sartell-St. Stephen 179.775
3 Pine Island-Zumbrota-Mazeppa 179.275
4 Willmar 176.775
5 Monticello 175.425
6 Big Lake 173.35
7 Perham 172.075
8 Worthington 167.525
9 Melrose 166.45
10 North Branch 166.275
1 Emma Disse DL 9.8
2 Cora Okeson DL 9.775
4 Lexi Yliniemi DL 9.625
5 Jada Olsen PER 9.55
1 Grace Kluk BL N/A
2 Justine Lawrence DL 9.5
3 Emma Disse DL 9.4
4 Jackson Hegg DL 9.4
5 Alexis Ostlie DL 9.3
7 Cora Okeson DL 9.175
1 Justine Lawrence DL 9.725
2 Jackson Hegg DL 9.625
3 Jada Olsen PER 9.625
4 Emma Disse DL 9.55
6 Ellie Hultin DL 9.3
1 Jada Olsen PER 9.7
2 Jackson Hegg DL 9.55
3 Justine Lawrence DL 9.525
4 Cora Okeson DL 9.5
9 Lexi Yliniemi DL 9.375
1 Emma Disse DL 38.025
2 Jackson Hegg DL 37.95
3 Jada Olsen PER 37.55
5 Cora Okeson DL 36.9