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Hudson gymnasts place second at Medina Invitational

Published: January 23, 2013 12:00 AM
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The Hudson gymnastics team finished second with 139.65 points at the 12-team Medina Invitational Jan. 19.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights won the competition with 143.55 points and Medina (135.45) placed third.

"We're thrilled with the second-place finish," Lady Explorers head coach Randi Chepke said. "We didn't expect to beat Brecksville, but we set out to hit our floor routines, stick our beam routines and deliver solidly on the other two events. We did that in spades on all but vault. Overall, it was a very successful day."

Mackenzie Miller appears to be in top form.

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She won the all-around competition with a score of 35.4. She placed fourth on bars (8.9), fifth on vault (8.85), tied for eighth with teammate Megan Urbanic on the balance beam (8.65) and 10th on the floor exercise (9.0).

"Mackenzie had an outstanding meet," Chepke said. "She has hit a nice, solid stride in our last few outings and we couldn't be happier."

Hudson got off to a strong start in the floor exercise. Teghan Piper led the way with a fourth-place score of 9.3 and teammate Logan Custer was right behind her in fifth (9.25). Although she scored a 9.0, Urbanic finished 12th.

"We started the meet on floor, one of our strongest events, and the girls nailed it," Chepke said. "Our top four scores were nine-plusses. That's a season-high event score of 36.55 -- not too shabby."

"Teghan, Logan, Mac and Megan rocked it. Each of them poured their hearts into those routines and the judges were suitably impressed."

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The Lady Explorers also posted high scores on the beam.

Custer led the way with a second-place score of 9.0 and teammate Riley Skinner tied for third with an 8.9.

"The girls stood out on beam, too," Chepke said. "They stuck three out of our four routines for counting scores and were the highest scoring team on that event -- which is by far the highlight of the meet for me. All four of our scorers landed in the top 10."

Custer finished sixth on the bars with an 8.8 and Piper placed eighth (8.7). Custer also finished 10th on vault (8.2).

"Unfortunately, vault was a massive struggle and ultimately, a disaster," Chepke said. "I can't remember the last time we scored so low on an event. The silver lining is we hit bottom here and there's no where to go but up."

Hudson is scheduled to compete at the Northeast Ohio Conference Championship Feb. 2 in Medina. The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m.

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