NB gymnasts impress, take fifth at state

Trunk places sixth in all around

With four qualifiers at the Class A individual state gymnastics meet, the North Branch colors stood out among competitors at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion on Saturday.

The scores were noticeable, too.

Junior Katy Trunk stole the show on the vault with a second-place finish in the event. Trunk earned a score of 9.625 on her first vault and 9.575 on her second for the runner-up finish behind Austin’s Sela Fadness, who recorded an average score of 9.775.

Senior Megan Mahoney captured eight place in the event with a score of 9.4625.

On the uneven bars, Trunk placed 11th with a score of 9.225, followed by Mahoney three places later with a 9.125. Eighth-grader Alexys Olson finished 23rd in her state on bars with a score of 8.7625.

On the beam, Trunk earned a score of 9.375, good for ninth place, while Mahoney took 17th with a 9.1125. Sophomore Mikayla Johnson placed 22nd on the beam with an 8.8375.

Trunk rounded out her solid scoring with a 9.3625 on floor, placing her 14th in the event and sixth place in the all-around competition in a field of 32. Mahoney finished 14th in the all around after scoring an 8.825 on floor.

During Friday’s Class A team meet, the Vikings placed fifth in the state out of eight squads with another school record-breaking total of 146.3 points. Melrose took first place with 149.575.

Mahoney led the way on bars, posting a stellar 9.825, followed by Trunk (9.1), Olson (8.725) and senior Casey Hovland (8.45).

Trunk had the high score on beam with a 9.375, while Mahoney earned a 9.35. Olson posted a score of 8.975 while Johnson earned a 8.925.

Both Trunk and Hovland broke 9.0 on floor with Trunk putting up a score of 9.4 while Hovland earned a 9.0. Johnson and Mahoney both posted an 8.95.

On the vault, Trunk led with a 9.525, followed by Mahoney (9.45), Johnson (9.0) and Olson (9.0).

Following the section win two weeks ago, head coach Barb Burdich said her squad more than lived up to the hype this year.

“They exceeded my expectations,” Burdich said. “We have a good looking future with some upcoming girls, but it’s going to be really hard to replace these seniors.”

North Branch will graduate Mahoney and Hovland.

Burdich also mentioned the stellar performance of Trunk this season.

This was the Vikings’ first trip to the state gymnastics meet as a team.

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