SHS gymnasts win Jeffco quad over two 5A schools |

SHS gymnasts win Jeffco quad over two 5A schools

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Katie L'Estrange strikes a pose on the beam in preparation for her dismount Tuesday at Summit High School. The Lady Tigers gymansts held their annual "You Be the Judge" Homecoming event, a fundraiser that allows spectators to score the athletes, bid on auction items and win door prizes.

POMONA – The Summit High School gymnastics team continued its season of success on Monday night, improving to 3-2 with a win at the multi-class Jeffco League meet at Pomona High School.The 4A Tigers finished with 161.2 points, handily beating both of their 5A opponents – second-place Lakewood (158.375) and third-place Pomona (154.375). Golden, a 4A school, was fourth with a score of 127.9.”The girls continue to prove they can compete with the big 5A Jeffco schools,” said SHS coach Beth Flaherty.

Summit’s only two losses thus far came at the hands of Bear Creek and Standley Lake, both teams that are routinely at the top of Colorado’s 5A class.On Monday, it was once again a balanced effort that did the trick for the Tigers. No SHS athlete won an individual event, but their consistency as a team pulled them through for the win.Lauren Biegler took second on bars to lead the team in that event; her 8.5 was one of three Tiger marks of 8.0 or better. Leilani Bruntz (8.3) and Amelia Meier (8.2) followed Biegler’s lead in fourth and fifth places, respectively. Meier’s score was her second state-qualifying mark of the fall.

Bruntz’s third-place 8.5 on vault was the best of a strong SHS showing in that event. Melissa Griffith (8.45) took fourth, and Katie Lindbloom (8.3) finished fifth on a night when most of Summit’s athletes chose to tackle the new table vault contraption.”It seemed to help their vaults enormously,” Flaherty said of the table vault.Kelsey Todd’s team-best 8.0 on beam was her second state-qualifying score of the year.

On the strength of her solid showings in the four individual events, Biegler took fourth in the all-around competition.The Tigers hosted their annual “You Be The Judge” fundraiser on Tuesday night, and return to sanctioned high school competition on Sept. 29 in a quad at Lakewood.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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