Blue Jays edge-out Minot to earn State runner-up status Friday

Feb. 24—DICKINSON, N.D. — Stress levels rose a little bit for the Jamestown High School gymnastics team at the 2024 State Meet Friday night.

"It was a real nail-biter until the very end," JHS head coach Bre Carlson said.

At last, the scores were calculated.

Carlson and her squad wound up taking second place, scoring a 144.142 in the team competition portion of the meet. Third-place Minot was on the Jays' heels the entire night. The Majettes wound up scoring a 143.368. Dickinson won its ninth-state team title with a monstrous score of 152.801.

Jamestown's night began over on the uneven bars — the apparatus the team had finished with last week at the West Region Meet in Jamestown. Carlson said the uneven bars were a great place to get started and shake any nerves out. Julia Skari was the Jays' top-scorer finishing with a 9.467 to place fifth. Sutton Van Gilder was the Jays' next-best scorer with an 8.617.

The Blue Jays carried the momentum over to the balance beam where the squad stuck four of their six routines. Skari led the Jays on the beam with a 9.367. The junior was the only Blue Jay gymnast to score in the 9s on the event but Allysah Larson, Madelynn Nagel and Lucy Falk still turned in respectable mid-8s to give the Jays a team score of 35.759.

"We have really been struggling there lately so it was nice that we were able to count four routines towards our score without falls," Carlson said.

After the second rotation, the Blue Jays were sitting in fourth place.

"We really needed to nail vault and floor," Carlson said.

Carlson said the Blue Jays saw some of the team's best vault performances of the season even if the scores didn't necessarily reflect that reality. Skari put up a 9.483 while Van Gilder's 9.200 also cracked her into the top-10 on vault. Jozie Davis' 8.883 rounded out the team's top three scores.

"It can be hard to score high at the state meet when you have three judges watching for errors instead of the typical one or two," Carlson said. "We were third going into floor and really needed to hit our routines."

While floor exercise is typically an event that the Jays shine on, some uncharacteristic falls gave the Jays the third-highest team score on the event. The Jays scored 36.683 on floor while Dickinson hit 38.267 and Minot finished with a 37.567.

It was just enough to clinch their runner-up title.

"One of our parents said it best: 'We had a great day, but we left some points out there,'" Carlson said. "It was so exciting to see all of the girls' hard work pay off. Our coaches knew this team was capable of great things, it was great that they got to show everyone what we saw in them."

Team results

1. Dickinson 152.801; 2. Jamestown 144.142; 3. Minot 143.368; 4. Century 142.967; 5. Grand Forks 138.150; 6. Mandan 133.700; 7. Legacy 132.484; 8. Northwest Stars 126.317.

Top finishers / Blue Jay results

Vault: 1. Elizabeth Karsky, DHS, 9.867; 3. Julia Skari 9.483; 8. Sutton Van Gilder 9.200; 20. Jozie Davis 8.883; 23. Baynx Kirschenmann 8.850; 26. Hayden Olson 8.800; 30. Brooklyn Waldie 8.733.

Bars: 1. Elizabeth Karsky, DHS, 9.850; 5. Julia Skari 9.467; 14. Sutton Van Gilder 8.617; 15. Lydia Stoterau 8.600; 15. Aubrey Krapp 8.600; 17. Allysah Larson 8.567; 24. Lucy Falk 8.233.

Beam: 1. Reygan Strommen, DHS, 9.650; 4. Julia Skari 9.367; 11. Allysah Larson 8.950; 13. Madelynn Nagel 8.875; 16. Lucy Falk 8.567; 19. Lydia Stoterau 8.483; 32. Aubrey Krapp 7.867.

Floor: 1. Aspen Roadarmel, DHS, 9.783; 7. Allysah Larson 9.483; 12. Julia Skari 9.200; 14. Sutton Van Gilder 9.150; 22. Hayden Olson 8.850; 24. Jozie Davis 8.817; 30. Brooklyn Waldie 8.600.

All-Around: 1. Elizabeth Karsky, DHS, 38.467; 4. Julia Skari 37.517; 34. Allysah Larson 27.000; 35. Sutton Van Gilder 26.967; Jozie Davis 17.700; Hayden Olson 17.650; Brooklyn Waldie 17.333; Lydia Stoterau 17.083; Lucy Falk 16.800; Aubrey Krapp 16.467; Madelynn Nagel 8.875; Baynx Kirschenmann 8.850.