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Brianna Jesse

Brianna Jesse flips over the vault during Thursday's conference meet in Baraboo.

The Baraboo gymnastics squad saw tough competition on Saturday when the T-Birds competed in the McLellan Invite in Holmen.

Despite being a Division 2 school, the Thunderbirds scored well enough to be placed in the upper division among multiple Division 1 squads. Baraboo took eighth place out of eight teams in the upper division, but still saw some solid team results. Brittany Reuter led the way, scoring an 8.25 on the vault, an 8.025 on the uneven bars, a 6.15 on the balance beam, and an 8.45 on the floor exercise. Meghan Reuter followed with an 8.15 on the vault, a 7.25 on the bars, a 7.35 on the beam, and an 8.05 on the floor. Jamie Runnels had the team’s highest floor score with an 8.55, while scoring an 8.15 on the vault, a 7.075 on the bars, and a 7.0 on the beam. Mia Burkhalter followed with a 7.95 on the vault, a 5.375 on the bars, a 6.975 on the beam and a 7.7 on the floor.

“We took the last spot, but it was the upper division and a lot of those scores-those kids are pulling regularly mid-to-high range nines,” Baraboo coach Ericka Pape said. “So essentially it like going against a college team. And they did great.”

Menomonee Falls/Germantown won the title with a team score of 136.25, followed by West Salem (135.7) and Holmen (133.475) to round out the top three. Out of all 15 teams, Baraboo took 10th with a total of 121.025.

“You’re talking some pretty amazing gymnastics when you’re up there,” Pape said. “I saw a regular aerial and a forward aerial and a full double twist off the balance beam. That’s what (we were) competing against, and that’s (only) scoring a nine.”

The Thunderbirds will be back home on Friday when they host Monona Grove.

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Regional Sports Reporter