LAWRENCE — The Newton High School gymnastics team placed third at the Lawrence Free State Invitational Saturday.

Shawnee Mission Northwest won the meet at 101.1, followed by Lawrence at 98.75, Newton at 96.4, Free State at 93.45, Shawnee Mission North at 93.25, Emporia at 86.1, Shawnee Mission West at 52.75 and River Bend at 30.1.

Newton was led by Kaylee Anderson, who finished fourth in all-around at 33.85, tied for first in the vault at 9.0, took fourth on the balance beam at 9.0 and took fifth in the uneven parallel bars in 7.6.

Toria Thaw was sixth in all-around at 32.25. Thaw tied for fourth in the vault at 8.6.

“Team score was a slight improvement from first meet, but we still have some things to clean up,” Newton coach JoAnne Thaw said. “Kaylee and Toria placed, but there were several individual improvements as well. Allie (Casey) made her debut on the beam and did a good job. Becca (Meyer) had the floor event high for our team and Trista (Stark), Kaylee and Toria stuck their beam routines. We're off to a good start.I wish there was a little more time between meets, but we're doing what we can to fix the little mistakes and keep the girls healthy and injury free.”

Newton competes at 6 p.m. today at the Olathe South Invitational.

Free State Invitational

Saturday

Team scores — Shawnee Mission Northwest 101.1, Lawrence 98.75, Newton 96.4, Free State 93.45, Shawnee Mission North 93.25, Emporia 86.1, Shawnee Mission West 52.75, River Bend 30.1.

All-Around — 1. Talia Gay FS 36.0, 2. Hallie Ross SMNW 35.55, 3. Josie Hickerson Law. 34.5, 4. Kaylee Anderson New. 33.85, 5. Eden Kingery Law. 8.05, 6. Toria Thaw New. 32.25. 13. Becca Meyer New. 30.3.

Vault — 1. (tie) Ross SMNW 9.0, Anderson New. 9.0, 3. Hickerson Law. 8.9, 4. (tie) Kingery Law. 8.6, Gay FS 8.6, Thaw New. 8.6. t7. B.Meyer N 8.4.

Uneven parallel bars — 1. Gay FS 8.95, 2. Ross SMNW 8.25, 3. Hickerson Law. 8.05, 4. Cierra Ladesich SNMW 7.75, 5. Anderson New. 7.6, 6. (tie) Tatum Meyer SMN 7.5, Molly Stack SMN 7.5. t9. Thaw New. 7.3, 17. B.Meyer New. 6.25.

Balance beam — 1. (tie) Ross SMNW 9.2, Gay FS 9.2, 3. Kingery Law. 9.1, 4. Anderson New. 9.0, 5. Stack SMNW 8.7, 6. Ladesich SMNW 8.6. 11. Thaw 8.3, 16. B.Meyer New. 7.3, 28. Allie Casey New. 6.6, 29. Trista Stark New. 6.3.

Floor exercises — 1. Gay FS 9.25, 2. Mikyla Williams FS 9.15, 3. Ross SMNW 9.1, 4. Hickerson Law. 9.05, 5. Eliana Seidner Law. 8.55, 6. Gracie Leininger SMW 8.4. 7. B.Meyer New. 8.35, 9. Anderson New. 8.25, t12. Thaw New. 8.05, 16. Casey New. 7.7.