The Newton High School gymnastics team claimed a third-place finish Saturday at the six-team Lawrence Free State Invitational.


The Newton High School gymnastics team claimed a third-place finish Saturday at the six-team Lawrence Free State Invitational.

Host Lawrence Free State won the meet with a score of 101.075, followed by Shawnee Mission Northwest at 100.875, Newton at 95.0, Hutchinson at 90.65, Emporia at 79.375 and Lawrence at 75.630.

“I was glad to see our team score back up to where we started,” Newton coach JoAnne Thaw said. “Several individuals did very well today, and we had a lot of personal bests. We’ve still got a ways to go, but I think we’re looking good for this point in the season. We’ll be making a few changes in routines this week and seeing if we can get our scores up by our invitational.”

On the vault, Maria Jantz scored an 8.75, followed by Riley Roberts at 8.65, Jamie Hansen at 8.35, Katelin Gaeddert at 8.15 and Kami Wonders at 8.0.

“Maria and Riley had some really strong vaults giving them both personal bests, and Maria fourth place and Riley sixth place,” Thaw said.

On uneven parallel bars, Roberts led Newton with an 8.025, followed by Hansen at 8.0, Jantz at 7.275, Brittany Dalke at 6.95 and Gaeddert at 6.8.

“Our goal is to get at least three of these routines in the mid to high eights soon, but we have to add some additional difficulty and the girls are working hard on it,” Thaw said. “Riley placed sixth on this event.”

On the balance beam, Roberts scored a 7.6, followed by Hansen at 7.2, Wonders at 7.35, Gaeddert at 7.2 and Jantz at 6.85.

“Beam looked clean, but we’re still having too many falls,” Thaw said. “The difficulty is getting better, but we need to work on sticking the routines.”

In floor exercises, Roberts scored an 8.15, followed by Jantz at 8.0, Hansen at 7.65, Dalke at 7.25 and Gaeddert at 6.75.

“We did well on floor,” Thaw said.

Roberts took sixth in all-around with a personal best 32.425. Hansen scored a 31.2, Jantz scored a 30.875 and Gaeddert scored a 28.8.

In junior varsity competition, Newton placed second at 58.95. Dalke took sixth on vault at 7.6, followed by Katie Yoder at 7.45. Wonders won the JV bars at 7.1, followed by Yoder in sixth at 3.65. Yoder took second on beam at 6.95, followed by Dalke at 6.15. Wonders took second on the floor at 7.175, followed by Cassidy Ashcraft in third at 7.15, Yoder in sixth at 6.60 and Alisha LaFave at 6.2.

Yoder took third in JV all-around at 23.75.

“This was Katie’s first time on bars making it her first opportunity to do all-around,” Thaw said.

Newton competes today at Olathe North.