Section 8 gymnasts populate podium at state gymnastics
Detroit Lakes sophomore Jackson Hegg claimed a silver medal in the all-around and junior teammates Peyton Jernberg and Cora Okeson were gold medalists at the Minnesota State Class A Individual gymnastics championship at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon.
Hegg was in the top three all day finishing behind only Chisago Lakes junior Aliah Williams in the all-around.
“I didn’t think it was achievable at the beginning of the season, but when I finished my last skill and my beam routine I knew I did pretty good,” said Hegg.
Hegg struggled during team competition Friday but was in top form on all four events Saturday.
“I was so scared and as nervous as I’ve ever been because I had a rough day yesterday,” she said. “Today, I nailed it.”
Perham freshman Jada Olsen led the all-around after three events, but had to face the balance beam to clinch the title. The beam was unkind as Olsen fell twice and dropped out of the top 10 in the individual standings.
“I think I could have done a little better on floor, but I had a little tweak in my ankle so I was just trying to get through every event,” Olsen said. “I felt good going into beam, I just wish I would have only fallen once, instead of twice, then I could have made all-around.”
Olsen still had a strong day earning a pair of silver medals placing second on vault and bars.
Jernberg had to wait the entire meet to perform on her only event, the beam, and completed a smooth and graceful routine to take the gold medal.
“It was a little nerve-racking, but cheering everyone on in all the events just kept me calm throughout the whole day,” said Jernberg. “It felt really great to end the season off this way, really exciting.”
Okeson captured the gold medal on floor exercise and went through a range of emotions at the completion of competition.
“It feels amazing,” she said. “It’s a mixture between happy and said. We’re missing three seniors next year, one of them being my sister. Otherwise, I’m so proud of everybody and how they did this season.”
Okeson also nabbed a bronze medal on bars.
Hegg reached the podium in two events placing fifth on floor and sixth on bars.
DL’s Justine Lawrence earned bronze on beam joining Jernberg in garnering medals.
Laker junior Lexi Yliniemi posted a 9.9 to win the section title on vault and scored 9.625 to finish in sixth place at state.
DL senior Emma Disse finished her career one spot behind Olsen with a 13th place finish in the all-around. Her top score came on vault (9.625) where she just missed the podium finishing seventh due to a tiebreaker.
Minnesota Class A Individual Gymnastics Championship
Gold: Aliah Williams Chisago Lakes 38.275
Silver: Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 37.825
Bronze: Jennifer Boyle, Austin High School 37.600
Jada Olsen, Perham 36.750
Emma Disse Detroit Lakes 36.725
Gold: Cora Okeson, Detroit Lakes 9.675
SIlver: Katie Fahrenkamp, Waconia 9.550
Bronze: Aliah Williams, Chisago Lakes 9.550
Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.525
Jada Olsen, Perham 9.350
Alexis Yliniemi, Detroit Lakes 9.225
Camryn Appert, Fergus Falls 9.200
Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 9.125
Gold: Peyton Jernberg, Detroit Lakes 9.525
Silver: Ailsa Gilbert, Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 9.525
Bronze: Justine Lawrence, Detroit Lakes 9.425
Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.325
Mayson Jensen, Fergus Falls 9.300
Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 9.025
Jada Olsen, Perham 8.000
Gold: Jennifer Boyle, Austin 9.700
SIlver: Jada Olsen, Perham 9.675
Bronze: Cora Okeson, Detroit Lakes 9.650
Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.500
Justine Lawrence, Detroit Lakes 9.175
Dena Fischer, Perham 9.075
Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 8.950
Gold: Greta Klaphake, Melrose Area 9.750
Silver: Jada Olsen, Perham 9.725
Bronze: Aliah Williams, Chisago Lakes 9.725
Alexis Yliniemi, Detroit Lakes 9.625
Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 9.625
Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.475
Justine Lawrence, Detroit Lakes 9.400
Sydney Bahls, Perham 9.375