Detroit Lakes gymnasts swept first place in all four events at the Minnesota Class A state individual gymnastics championships at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis Saturday. Feb. 23, following up the team’s fifth straight state team title with podium individual finishes.
Senior Cora Okeson repeated as the floor exercise champion and won gold on vault.
Senior Peyton Jernberg won back-to-back titles on balance beam and junior Jackson Hegg made it a Laker sweep capturing the uneven parallel bars gold medal.
“Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better day,” Okeson said. “These past two days have been so emotional and so amazing. I couldn’t be more proud of my team and how everybody did today.”
Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi scored a 9.7 on bars in her final rotation to take the all around title with 38.65 points jumping over Okeson and Hegg with a clutch performance. Okeson grabbed the all around silver (38.6) and Hegg the bronze (38.175).
“I just knew I had to do my own thing and let her do her own thing and whatever happens happens,” said Okeson. “I had no control and no matter what happens just be happy.”
Hegg was sick earlier in the week with the flu and her illness returned and reared its head at the worst time causing her to vomit all night and during warmups. That did not stop her from making four trips to the podium Saturday.
“I was not expecting any of this,” said Hegg. “It was so cool.”
Hegg relied on her teammate and twin sister Kennedy and the rest of her team from Detroit Lakes and fellow Section 8A competitors to get through the meet.
“Basically, I did it for my sister and my teammates,” said Hegg. “They helped me out so much. I could not do any of this without them.”
Jernberg was stellar on beam both days and scored 9.575 in the first rotation putting up a score that held up the entire meet for gold. Hegg placed fourth with a 9.550.
Okeson scored 9.775 to take gold on floor with teammate Lexi Yliniemi in second place with a 9.725. Perham’s Ashley Hokanson placed fourth (9.625) and Hegg was sixth (9.575) to put four Section 8A gymnasts on the podium in the top six.
Three Lakers took the vault podium with Okeson in first (9.775), Yliniemi fourth (9.625) and Jernberg sixth (9.550).
Hegg capped the day with gold on uneven bars scoring 9.775. Okeson scored 9.675 to take the bronze medal and fellow DL senior Justine Lawrence placed fourth with a 9.675.
“I’m so proud of every single one of these girls,” said Okeson. “They have pushed themselves to the complete max and all I could have asked was for them to go out and do what they know how to do and they did that.”
Alexandria senior Sydney Gray suffered a ligament sprain during warmups and was unable to perform on floor.
Detroit Lakes State Champions
2009-10 Amy Crawford - Beam
2010-11 Amy Crawford - Beam
2010-11 Amy Crawford - Bars
2011-12 Jessica Stelter- Vault
2014-15 Molly Lyngaas - All Around
2015-16 Emma Disse - Floor
2017-18 Peyton Jernberg - Beam
2017-18 Cora Okeson - Floor
2018-19 Cora Okeson - Floor
2018-19 Cora Okeson -Vault
2018-19 Jackson Hegg - Bars
2018-19 Peyton Jernberg - Beam
Minnesota Class A Individual Gymnastics Championships
(First place and Section 8A gymnasts)
1 Bella Frattalone Mahtomedi 38.650
2 Cora Okeson DL 38.600
3 Jackson Hegg DL 38.175
19 Jada Olsen PER 35.425
1 Peyton Jernberg DL 9.575
4 Jackson Hegg DL 9.550
9 Justine Lawrence DL 9.425
14 Cora Okeson DL 9.375
28 Ashley Hokanson PER 8.875
40 Jada Olsen PER 8.500
1 Cora Okeson DL 9.775
2 Lexi Yliniemi DL 9.725
4 Ashley Hokanson PER 9.625
6 Jackson Hegg DL 9.575
16 Jada Olsen PER 9.400
1 Cora Okeson DL 9.775
4 Lexi Yliniemi DL 9.625
6 Peyton Jernberg DL 9.550
11 Gabby Whitworth DL 9.400
21 Jackson Hegg DL 9.275
25 Jada Olsen PER 9.225
1 Jackson Hegg DL 9.775
3 Cora Okeson DL 9.675
4 Justine Lawrence DL 9.675
7 Ashley Hokanson PER 9.400
12 Dena Fisher PER 9.125
38 Jada Olsen PER 8.300