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Tierney Becker

Baraboo's Tierney Becker competes on the balance beam during a 2018 home dual against Watertown.

The Baraboo gymnastics team finished in the middle of the pack at Saturday’s Platteville Invitational.

The Thunderbirds scored 123.95 points to place seventh out of 13 teams. Mount Horeb won the title with a school-record 144.65 points, while Dodgeville/Mineral Point (133.3) and Waunakee (131.25) rounded out the top three. Sauk Prairie (122.925) and Reedsburg (112.45) took ninth and 12th.

“The team worked very hard on Saturday to pull out a seventh-place finish,” Baraboo coach Ericka Pape said, noting that a number of girls stepped up after junior Brittany Reuter sprained her ankle in warmups. “We had to turn to our varsity alternates to fill our shoes. ... There is a lot of depth on this team. It is full of true competitors.”

Jamie Runnels led the Thunderbirds in all four events. The senior took 11th in the all-around competition, finishing the meet with a score of 32.925. Mount Horeb’s Andrea O’Connell scored 37.825 to finish atop the podium. Heidi Kuhnau (12th place, 32.875) led Sauk Prairie, while Tiannia Piwonski (32nd, 29.975) led Reedsburg.

Runnels used a score of 8.65 to tie for ninth in the vault, while O’Connell took first with a 9.55. Baraboo’s Mia Burkhalter (8.1) tied for 23rd, Meghan Reuter (8.05) tied for 28th, Tierney Becker (7.7) tied for 43rd and Brianna Jesse (7.4) placed 56th.

Runnels tied for 11th on the uneven bars with a score of 7.85. Meghan Reuter (7.45) tied for 26th, while Burkhalter (7.2) tied for 29th, Becker (6.65) tied for 42nd and Alexis Weyenberg (4.8) took 58th. O’Connell’s 9.275 won the bars title.

On the floor exercise, Runnels (8.775) placed 14th, Meghan Reuter (8.3) took 26th, Samantha Walter (8.225) tied for 27th, Becker (8.05) tied for 34th and Jesse (7.8) tied for 42nd. River Valley’s Lorisa Shatrawka took first with a 9.575.

"The underclassmen really stepped up and turned in clean performances, especially of the floor exercise performance," Baraboo assistant coach Teri Creighton added. "We have been working on bonus skills and it has paid off. The event score was a 33.35. This was one of the first meets in which our floor score was our best event."

Runnels (7.65) tied for 32nd on the balance beam, while Walter (7.275) took 38th, Meghan Reuter (7.075) took 41st, Burkhalter (6.95) took 45th and Becker (6.15) placed 60th. O’Connell won the event with a 9.45.

The T-Birds close out the regular-season schedule with Tuesday’s triangular in Waunakee withMount Horeb, and the Badger Conference in Watertown on Feb. 16.

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