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It came down to the wire during Thursday’s Badger North Conference dual meet between the Baraboo and Sauk Prairie gymnastics teams.

The teams posted nearly identical scores on three of the four events, but the Thunderbirds had a two-point advantage in the floor exercise, which provided the bulk of the margin in a 123.575-121.225 victory at home.

Baraboo scored a 32.6 on the floor, compared to Sauk’s 30.75. Jamie Runnels led the T-Birds with an 8.775, while Sauk Prairie’s Audrey Pape took second (8.7) and Brittany Reuter took third (8.5). Sauk’s Heidi Kuhnau took fourth (8.025), but Baraboo took the next three spots with Meghan Reuter in fifth (7.775), Mia Burkhalter in sixth (7.55) and Samantha Walter in seventh (7.3).

The Thunderbirds started the night on the vault, where Brittany Reuter took second (8.225), Runnels took third (8.175) and Meghan Reuter took fourth (8.025). Pape took first for Sauk Prairie with an 8.275, but Baraboo had a small edge in team vault score, scoring a 32.35 while Sauk recorded a 32.25.

It was just as close on the uneven bars, Baraboo’s second event of the meet. This time, Sauk Prairie came out ahead 28.95-28.75. Pape led all gymnasts with a 7.8, while Runnels took second (7.5) and Kuhnau took third (7.4). Brittany Reuter followed in fourth (7.25), followed by Meghan Reuter (7.025) and Burkhalter (6.975).

On the balance beam, Baraboo edged the Eagles 29.875-29.275. Burkhalter led with an 8.05, while Runnels took second (7.8). Sauk Prairie’s Kuhnau, Ava Putnam and Pape took third (7.75), fourth (7.6) and fifth (7.35).

The T-Birds will travel to Holmen today for an invitational.

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Regional Sports Reporter