HAA teams bring home state titles, regional next for two gymnasts

-Staff report
Posted 4/19/18

The gymnasts of High Altitude Athletics competed at their respective state meets during March and proved that they can compete with anybody in New Mexico.

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HAA teams bring home state titles, regional next for two gymnasts

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The gymnasts of High Altitude Athletics competed at their respective state meets during March and proved that they can compete with anybody in New Mexico. Going up against athletes from larger gyms, the girls finished the season strong and brought home several state titles.

In Level 2, Tiana Hudson and Alayna Vigil, competed in two different seven-year old divisions. Hudson placed second on vault and floor and claimed the bronze in the all-around. Vigil earned gold on beam and third place on floor.

The Level 3s brought home a second place team award as Christina Gutierrez came in second on vault and took third place on bars and beam. Sofia Amdur claimed the gold on beam (9.05) and bronze on vault. Eleanor Rael took first place on bars (9.375), second on vault and brought home the silver all-around. Bonnie Minter placed second on bars and beam, and Tirzah Ortega garnered gold on vault (9.1), third on bars and claimed the silver in the all-around.

The Level 5 team of June Allalunis, Millie Caldwell, Sofia Abrums and Anabelle Caldwell earned a first-place team award, rising above the competition from multiple gyms in the state. Contributing to the total was Millie Caldwell, who came in sixth in the all-around. Allalunis placed first on beam, third on vault and bars, and won the silver in the all-around. Abrums was first on bars, second on beam, third on floor and grabbed the silver in the all-around. Anabelle Caldwell took the gold on bars, silver on floor, bronze on beam and placed second in the all-around.

For each of their individual efforts, coach Sara Padilla expressed satisfaction with this team's outcome. "I am so proud of these girls," said Padilla. "They have worked really hard all year and it definitely paid off."

HAA's optional gymnasts brought home two state titles and produced two regional qualifiers. Beatrice Burton, who competes at Level 6, became state champion with golds on beam, floor (9.4) and the all-around.

Level 7s Zeana McMains, Tatyana Quintanilla and Ciara Salazar competed in three separate age groups. McMains took second on bars and earned bronze in the all-around. Quintanilla came in eighth place in the all-around and Salazar took third on beam.

Alyx Mastor, the sole Level 8 gymnast on the team, secured the gold on bars (9.65), and also came in third place all-around, which qualified her for regionals in Austin, Texas.

The final competitors at state was the Level 9 team, which included Jackie Jagers, Ciara Murphy and Abigail "Abby" Gunther. Earning a bronze for her performance on floor (8.85) was Gunther, while Jagers brought home silver on bars (9.0). Murphy swept the podium, earning gold in all four events (bars, beam, vault and floor) and the all-around. She also qualified for regionals in Denver, Colorado.

"All our girls were awesome," said coach Harold Sanchez. "I'm really looking forward to regionals and putting Taos on the map in the gymnastics community."

HAA's Xcel teams are still in the peak of their competitive season. They will compete in their state meets April 28-29. Dates of regional competitions were not known as of press time.

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