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Wendel heads to state

The Alexandria gymnastics team entered into a new section this season and was welcomed by two of the top-five teams in Class A as the Cardinals took third at the 8A meet on Saturday with junior Hannah Wendel earning herself a trip to state.

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Detroit Lakes is the third-ranked team in the final Class A rankings and the Lakers performed like it on Saturday with a first-place score of 148.425. Right behind them was Perham, the host and fifth-ranked team in Class A, with 146.8 points. Alexandria rounded out the top three with 135.475 team points.

Wendel will represent the Cardinals in the all-around and on the beam at the state meet this Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. The junior finished third in the all-around with a score of 37.4. She was second on the beam with a score of 9.3.

Wendel was the top Alexandria finisher in every event. She ended up sixth on the vault, where she won an individual title at the state meet a year ago. Wendel scored a 9.4 at the section meet on Saturday before taking seventh on the bars (9.25) and sixth on the floor (9.45).

Bria Schueler finished 11th in the all-around after competing in every event. She was 15th on the vault (8.6), 18th on the bars (7.9), 14th on the beam (7.9) and 17th on the floor (8.25). Tahlia Bowden also had an 11th-place finish on her floor exercise with a score of 9.05.

The Class A individual portion of the state meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on Saturday.


TEAM RESULTS – 1. Detroit Lakes – 148.425; 2. Perham – 146.8; 3. Alexandria – 135.475; 4. Fergus Falls – 129.725; 5. Little Falls – 129.275; 6. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle – 119.2; 7. Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis – 108.15

ALEXANDRIA – VAULT – Wendel – sixth, 9.4; Bowden – 13th, 8.85; Schueler – 15th, 8.6; McKena Thoennes – 18th, 8.425; Rachel Sjostrand – 21st, 8.375

BARS – Wendel – seventh, 9.25; Jana Roste – 14th, 8.05; Schueler – 18th, 7.9; Jenna Kremer – 20th; Tayler Kaufman – 24th, 6.9

BEAM – Wendel – second, 9.3; Jana Roste – 13th, 7.9; Schueler – 14th, 7.9; Kremer – 21st, 7.5; Katlin Rice – 29th, 6.55

FLOOR – Wendel – sixth, 9.45; Bowden – 11th, 9.05; Schueler – 17th, 8.25; Jacy Roste – 19th, 8.0; Thoennes – 26th, 7.4

ALL-AROUND – Wendel – third, 37.4; Schueler – 11th, 32.65

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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