Gymnastics: Overland preps for regionals with second-place finish at league championships

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Overland freshman McKenna Turbyne pauses during her floor routine at the Centennial/Continental League Gymnastics Championship meet Oct. 16, 2013, at Cherry Creek High School. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

GREENWOOD VILLAGE | With a full lineup for the first time this season, the Overland gymnastics team placed second at Wednesday’s Centennial/Continental League Championships.

The Trailblazers — a co-op team of gymnasts from schools around Aurora — battled injuries to several key members over the course of the regular season, but had them on the floor at Cherry Creek High School, where they finished with a score of 182.3 points to come in only behind host Cherry Creek (183.9) in the eight-team field that also included some teams from the Colorado Springs area.

Coach Lisa Sparrow’s Overland team had three of the top four placers in the floor exercise, led by league champion Kellyn Toole, who registered a score of 9.75, followed by freshman McKenna Turbyne in second (9.725) and junior Devin Bundas in fourth (9.575).

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Overland junior Kellyn Toole approaches the vault at the Centennial/Continental League Gymnastics Championship meet Oct. 16, 2013, at Cherry Creek High School. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Bundas led the Trailblazers in the all-around competition with a score of 36.725, which included a second-place score of 9.6 on the uneven bars, putting her behind individual champion Sela Buted of Cherry Creek (37.225) and Heritage’s Kaela Schandle (36.8).

Toole — who was also second on the balance beam and third in the vault — finished fifth in the all-around standings at 36.725, followed by senior Aimee St. Martin at 36.425.

Senior Ashlynn Graybill also placed in the top six in two events for Overland, taking fourth in the vault and sixth on bars.

Next up for Overland is the Region 3 meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Arvada West High School.

2013 Centennial/Continental League Gymnastics Championships

Team scores: 1. Cherry Creek 183.9 points; 2. OVERLAND 182.3; 3. Ponderosa 167.775; 4. Rock Canyon 160.55; 5. Pine Creek 159.4; 6. Palmer Ridge 159.125; 7. Heritage 138.5; 8. Rampart 96.5

All Around: 1. Sela Buted (CC) 37.225 points; 2. Kaela Schandle (H) 36.8; 3. DEVIN BUNDAS (OVERLAND) 36.725; 4. Olivia Solow-Niederman (CC) 36.725; 5. KELLYN TOOLE (OVERLAND) 36.725; 6. AIMEE ST. MARTIN (OVERLAND) 36.425; Vault: 1. Avery Paxton (CC) 9.5 points; 2. Olivia Solow-Niederman (CC) 9.45; 3. KELLYN TOOLE (OVERLAND) 9.45; 4. ASHLYNN GRAYBILL (OVERLAND) 9.275; 5. Lauren Niedzinski (CC) 9.25; 6. Sela Buted (CC) 9.2; Beam: 1. Sela Buted (CC) 9.55 points; 2. KELLYN TOOLE (OVERLAND) 9.425; 3. AIMEE ST. MARTIN (OVERLAND) 9.275; 4. Sara Fangrow (CC) 9.175; 5. Rachel Bryant (PR) 9.05; 6. Kaela Schandle (H) 9.0; Bars: 1. Rachel Wong (CC) 9.65 points; 2. DEVIN BUNDAS (OVERLAND) 9.6; 3. Sara Fangrow (CC) 9.35; 4. Alaina Bolton (CC) 9.275; 5. Kaela Schandle (H) 9.225; 6. ASHLYNN GRAYBILL (OVERLAND) 9.05; Floor: 1. KELLYN TOOLE (OVERLAND) 9.75 points; 2. MCKENNA TURBYNE (OVERLAND) 9.725; 3. Sela Buted (CC) 9.625; 4. DEVIN BUNDAS (OVERLAND) 9.575; 5. Avery Paxton (CC) 9.45; 6. Olivia Solow-Niederman (CC) 9.45

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel