Hudson gymnasts finish second at NOC conference meet

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The Hudson gymnastics team finished second with 140.3 points at the six-team Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Meet Feb. 1 at Medina High School.

Mentor won the competition with a score of 143 points and Strongsville took third with 139.4 points.

"Mentor has a very strong team this season and they were just too tough to overtake, but I'm proud of the effort the team made to hold off the rest of the pack," Lady Explorers head coach Randi Chepke said.

"The past few meets, the girls have been pretty consistent, as far as our team score goes. We've had lots of makes and just a couple of misses."

Jenni Spencer earned All-NOC Valley Division honors by placing second on vault with a score of 9.25 for the Lady Explorers

Also contributing on vault for Hudson were Megan Urbanic (9), Jordan Miller (8.5) and Katie Goosman (8.25).

"We struggled on vault again this week, but it wasn't without a shining moment," Chepke said. "Jenni Spencer worked hard all week to add two 10ths to her start value by changing the shape of her vault. It paid off big time.

'She scored her all-time high and earned all-conference recognition for placing second. The best part is she and her vault have room to grow. It's very exciting."

Macy Lori earned All-Valley Division recognition on bars with a fourth-place score of 8.9.

"I love it when a freshman leads the way on an event," Chepke said. "It bodes well for the future. I'm thrilled with Macy's effort on bars this week.

Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Explorers were Mackenzie Miller (8.75), Jordan Miller (8.6) and Goosman (8.55).

Urbanic placed fifth with a score of 8.8 on the balance beam. Mackenzie Miller took sixth (8.75). Lori scored an 8.7 and Riley Skinner posted a score of 8.5.

"You can't tell by the event score, but our balance beam competitors were very solid," Chepke said. "Five stuck routines out of six and not a whole lot of wobbles."

Mackenzie Miller earned All-Valley Division honors by placing fourth on the floor exercise (9.2).

Skinner finished fifth 9.15 and Urbanic (8.75) and Spencer (8.65) also contributed.

"The girls put maximum effort into their floor routines again this week and it was exactly what we needed to secure second place," Chepke said.

"Jordan started us off with her most solid routine yet and Riley and Mackenzie gave us repeat performances from their record-setting routines the previous week.

"They didn't score as high, but they were every bit as fun to watch."

Hudson will have plenty of time to fine-tune some things prior to sectional competition.

"We're happy to have a week off of competition now to nurse a couple of minor injuries and make a few adjustments," Chepke said. "Hopefully, we can bump up our scores a little and position ourselves a bit better in the next few rounds."

The Lady Explorers are scheduled to compete in a Division I sectional meet Feb. 16 at West Geauga High School in Chesterland. The meet is set to begin at 9 a.m.

"The toughest part of the season is about to begin," Chepke said. "Not only is the pressure intensified, but the stress on their bodies is beginning to take a toll.

"It always does this time of season. Every team faces it. The key to who proceeds is who can muster up the will to keep pressing on despite all that."

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