SO gymnasts in Area 4 meetSeven members of the Alexandria Area Gymnastics Club held their own in the 2010 Area 4 Special Olympics meet at Lakes Area Recreation on May 1.
Seven members of the Alexandria Area Gymnastics Club held their own in the 2010 Area 4 Special Olympics meet at Lakes Area Recreation on May 1.
The local athletes battled other gymnasts from St. Cloud and Perham at the event, with a total of 14 first-place finishes recorded by the Alexandria gymnasts.
Sarah Abbott took home three of those titles in rhythmic events. She finished first in the ribbon, hoop and all-around categories. Abbott will represent Alexandria at the National Special Olympic Games in Nebraska this July.
Crystal Kronfeldt was also very successful in the artistic events. She took first in the unified vault, unified beam, unified floor, unified bars and in the unified all-around category.
Ilesha Mercer also won four titles in the artistic events. They came on the beam, floor, bars and in the all around. Nicole Verdal and Jessica Knutson took first in the rope, while Heidi Gooden and Verdal won the ball portion of the rhythmic category.
The Alexandria area team is coached by Karyn Sportel, Jill Jerdie, Deb Braud, Vicky Jerdie and athlete as coach Allyson Estes. The team will now turn its attention to the state summer games in Minnetonka this June.
Golf and bocce will also be starting in June. Training schools for level two coaches for bocce are set for May 23 from 1-3 p.m. at Lamb Park in Moorhead. Golf training school is set for that same day from 6-8 p.m. at Village Green Golf Course in Moorhead. Registration and directions can be found at www.specialolympicsminnesota.org.
The program’s local funds will pay registration fees for anyone who wants to get trained and coach for the local teams. A person does not need to be a level two coach to volunteer for the local team.
Contact Sportel for more information at (218) 639-5347 or (218) 852-7664.
AREA 4 SPECIAL OLYMPICS
GYMNASTICS MEET RESULTS
ALEXANDRIA AREA RESULTS – RHYTHMIC – ROPE – Nicole Verdal and Jessica Knutson – first place; Sarah Abbott – second place; Heidi Gooden – third place; RIBBON – Abbott – first place; HOOP – Abbott – first place; BALL – Gooden and Verdal – first place; Abbot – second place; Jessica Knutson – first place; ALL AROUND – Abbot – first place
ARTISTIC – VAULT – Ilesha Mercer – second place; Stephanie Braud – third place; UNIFIED VAULT – Crystal Kronfeldt and partner Brooklyn Kronfeldt – first place; BEAM – Mercer – first place; Braud – second place; UNIFIED BEAM – Kronfeldt and partner Brooklyn Kronfeldt – first place; FLOOR EXERCISE – Mercer – first place; Braud – fourth place; UNIFIED FLOOR – Kronfeldt and partner Brooklyn Kronfeldt; BARS – Mercer – first place; UNIFIED BARS – Kronfeldt and partner Brooklyn Kronfeldt; ALL AROUND – Mercer – first place; UNIFIED ALL AROUND – Kronfeldt and partner Brooklyn Kronfeldt