SHAWNEE MISSION — The Newton High School gymnastics team placed 11th Saturday at the Shawnee Mission Invitational. On the vault, Anna Casper scored an 8.1, followed by Emily Kuhn and Macy Simmons each at 8.0 and Emmaleah Smet at 7.7. On the uneven parallel bars, Casper scored a 7.275, followed by Naomi Epp at 5.975, Kuhn at 5.125, Simmons at 4.925 and Smet at 4.975. Kuhn and Simmons had improvements in their scores. On balance beam, Casper scored a 6.35, followed by Smet at 6.95, Deanna Opland at 6.05, Epp at 6.0 and Alexandra Glann at 5.75. Smet had a scoring improvement. On floor exercises, Casper scored a 7.3, Glann and Opland each had a 7.25, Epp scored a 7.0, Epp scored a 7.0 and Simmons scored a 6.8. Glann, Opland and Epp each had scoring improvements. Casper had a 29.025 all-around. “Although we had no medalists we did have some improvements as a team and individually,” Newton coach JoAnne Thaw said. “On vault, the team improved their score by 1.4 points with all four girls bettering their scores. On unevens our goal was to make sure everyone had eight skills on the bars and we accomplished that as well as everyone getting their kips. We had some trouble staying on the beam today and the falls hurt us badly, but it wasn’t because of lack of effort. They’ve worked hard and had lots of repetition on beam, but it’s just one of those things. We all know beam can make or break you. “It’s a learning year which is always a lot of work, but a lot of fun, too, because the girls are learning new things every week and gaining more confidence as they go along.” Newton competes at a four-team varsity and junior varsity meet Sept. 22 at Lawrence Free State.