National Championships Won By Area Athletes In Track & Gymnastics
A national champion from the Sho Up and Sho Out track club of Victoria. At the AAU Junior Olympics Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, Jai’Lin King, winning the gold in the high jump in girls 15-16 years old with a jump of 5-7. Jai’Lin won state in the long jump for Refugio back in May.
More national champions coming out of Victoria Gymagic this summer.
First place gold, won on the Fourth of July, by Isabella Garza and Krista McNary in junior elite synchro, Then there’s Sarah Hagan, winning usa gymnastics gold in the 11-12 year old trampoline. The youngest of the new Gymagic national champs, Alesia Popp, taking gold medals in the 7-8 year old trampoline and double mini. Our Sean Coffey talked with these new national champs. Said Garza, “The feeling is just surreal. All your hard work paying off at the end of the season and you just winning it is just a good feeling.” Said Hagan, “Honestly I didn’t feel that much. I felt that I won, cool, I hugged my mom and that was pretty much all that I did.” Said Popp, “It helped me because I didn’t know I was going to get first and I competed against boys, which was very sad. I wanted to compete against girls, not boys.”
Krista McNary and Gymagic teammates Brooke Warzecha and Alexis Gustafson will compete for Team USA in the World Age Group Games in November in St. Petersburg, Russia.In her first competition since the 2016 Olympics Games, Biles posted the highest all-around score (58.700) by anyone in the world so far this quadrennium, along with reportedly the highest scores on the balance beam (15.200), vault (15.400) and floor exercise (14.750) this year.
Although Biles ended up winning by a margin greater than one full point, the drama intensified when she made an uncharacteristic mistake on the uneven bars in the third rotation, which nearly cost her the all-around gold medal. In her toe-on full turn, Biles was short — which caused her to drop off the bar–resulting in a 13.350 and allowing Riley McCusker to move up to first place heading into the final rotation.