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Despite injuries, gymnasts flying high

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By Dan Johnson

Evergreen, the reigning Class 4A state champions, topped Lakewood in a gymnastics dual meet, 165.425 to 155.575 on Sept. 17 at Lakewood High School.

The Cougars, who figure to be pushed by Elizabeth for the 4A crown, have gone through some injuries as of late. Micala Mitchek is currently out of action, as is Dani Adams, who injured her ankle in the Lakewood meet. Jessica Himmelman and Elise Pate are also out with injuries.

Before her injury, Adams was joined in competition against Lakewood by teammates Natalie Boor, Amanda Davis, Kelly Creel, Cori Graves, Macall Hock, Christy Rose, Lily Werthan and Kelsey Valdez.

Valdez took home all-around honors with a score of 35.275. She finished first on vault and in the floor exercise, and had a second-place finish on bars and a fourth-place finish on beam. Valdez is currently ranked third in the 4A overall rankings. In addition, Valdez is ranked third in the state on floor, second on vault and fourth on bars.

Also having a strong meet was Davis, who placed third in the all-around with a score of 32.075. She had a second-place finish on beam and was fourth in the floor exercise. Davis is ranked fifth in the state on vault.

Graves took first on bars, while Creel was fifth and Werthan was sixth. On floor, Rose finished second and Werthan was third. On beam, the gymnasts swept the first five places. In addition to Valdez and Davis’s places, Hock finished first, Rose (who’s ranked fifth in the state on floor) was third and Boor took sixth.

Graves is currently ranked fifth on bars, Creel is fifth on beam and Hock is fourth on beam.

The JV team also defeated Lakewood to remain undefeated on the season.

Evergreen’s next meet is Sept. 23 at Lakewood High School against Pomona.