RIVER FALLS – Jeni Petersen will make her third trip to the state finals.
Petersen led the Grantsburg gymnastics team to a season-high point total in Saturday’s sectional at River Falls, earning a runner-up finish on the floor exercise and adding top-5 finishes in two other events. Grantsburg ended with 125.55 points while the GMC co-op topped the standings with 136.95; River Falls (135.475), West Salem (134.525) and Menomonie (128.675) completed the top 5.
“This was a very exciting meet,” Grantsburg coach Kathy Lund said. “Going into this meet, our goal was not to worry about a score. Endign with so many personal bests and season highs is a great way to end the season.”
Though the season will continue for Petersen, who earned a season-high total in all-round scoring with help from her finish on the floor. She scored a 9.35 while River Falls’ Autumn Tiede won the event with a 9.6. Alli Peterson added a 15th-place finish for Grantsburg with an 8.45; Khylie Young-Garayt had a personal-best 8.05 to place 20th and Amy Harmon had a season-high 7.625 to place 28th.
Grantsburg’s combined score of 33.475 in the event was a season high.
Petersen had a 4th-place finish in the uneven bars with an 8.5, less than a tenth of a point from another runner-up finish. West Salem’s Ella Krause won the event with an 8.9; Grantsburg’s Amy Harmon tied for 17th with a 7.7 and Young-Garayt was 23rd with a 7.4.
Young-Garayt led Grantsburg in the vault with an 8.425 to place 10th while Tiede added another win with a 9.3 for River Falls. Peterson was 18th with an 8.2.
Petersen barely missed another top-10 on the balance beam, placing 11th with an 8.3. She was less than a tenth of a point from not only taking 10th, but entering a tie for fifth. Young-Garayt had another personal-best score, placing 21st with a 7.475.
Petersen ended with a season-high total of 34.15 in all-around scoring to finish fifth with Tiede winning the event with a 35.85. Young-Garayt had a personal-best total of 31.35 to place 14th and Peterson was 18th with a 30.4.
Petersen advances to Wisconsin Rapids this Saturday for the state final, which is the last chance for the senior to earn a state title. She had state-qualifying scores in the floor exercise, uneven bars and all-around.