Gymnastics: A strong final impression
Competing in the final home meet of her career, Red Wing's Molly Hart finished with a personal best in the all-around competition Friday at the Missota Conference meet at Red Wing High School.
Hart led the Wingers with a ninth-place finish and a score of 31.8000.
"One of my teammates said, 'Never regret anything you do,'" Hart said, "and it just came together after many years of working on it. ... It was the last time to show off what I got so it felt good."
Red Wing scored a season-best 127.575 but still finished in fifth place in one of the best gymnastics conferences in the state.
Second-ranked (Class 1A) New Prague took first place in the meet with a 145.600, top-ranked (2A) Northfield was second at 143.600, 17th-ranked (2A) Farmington placed third with a 138.800 and Chaska/Chanhassen finished fourth with a score of 135.950. Except for the Wingers, every team in the Missota Conference was ranked in the top 20 of the state rankings at some point this season.
Despite facing the best competition, Red Wing had its best meet of the year.
"Their focus tonight was amazing on all events," Wingers' head coach Megan Latch said. "Tonight was so exciting for us as a team. It was great for them to see the potential."
While the Trojans won Friday's meet, the Raiders still claimed the Missota Conference crown because of a 13-1 regular season record and wins against all the other conference opponents, according to the Northfield News. Two other teams would have needed to finish ahead of Northfield for New Prague to come away with the overall victory.
The Raiders' Christy Anderson won the all-around with a 36.400.
While Red Wing was unable to keep up as a team, several Wingers delivered personal bests during Friday's meet.
In addition to Hart's personal record in the all-around, she also placed 17th on the floor exercise (8.400). Morgan Hughes and Shayna Ramstad both had personal bests on the vault with Hughes scoring an 8.600 and Ramstad tallying an 8.500.
On the uneven bars, Red Wing's Jordan Munson scored a personal best 6.425 and Ramstad had a personal record 6.575. Irina Anderson finished 11th on the uneven bars with an 8.250 and 15th on the vault with an 8.900.
Carlie Sandstrom finished 10th in the all-around for the Wingers with a 31.550. She was 18th on the balance beam with an 8.200.
With Friday's performance, Red Wing is optimistic that more improvement is ahead at the Section 1A Tournament Feb. 16 at Byron High School.
"Tonight was great but we can still do more," Latch said. "We still have room to grow. It's just putting it all together. It gives us a lot of hope for sections to get a higher score."