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Loudoun Valley repeats as Dulles gymnastics champs

Loudoun Valley used a balanced effort to win the team title Jan. 30 at the Dulles District gymnastics championships.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner
It was an unlikely performer who ignited an early string of strong performances on the uneven bars for the Loudoun Valley Vikings, sparking a teamwide momentum that carried them to their second straight Dulles District gymnastics championship Jan. 30 at Heritage High School in Leesburg.

“It was my first girl, Kassidy Cox,” said the Vikings’ head coach Jennifer Cooper-Barlow. “Her job was to start us off on the beam, and she got us going.”

Cox turned in a solid 7.825 on the beam, leading to more strong Valley performances like Jenna Haran’s gold-winning 9.85 and Jillian Franz’s sixth-place 9.0.

The Vikings’ high scores continued on the bars courtesy McKenna Magoffin, as the senior captain earned 8.925 points, good for silver.

Magoffin said with a laugh that she competed “almost angry,” especially wen she executed her routine on the beam for a ninth-place 8.825.

“I was just like, no, we’re staying on,” laughed Magoffin about her toughest of the four events. “We really wanted to do this for each other.”

The Vikings won the bars portion of the district competition with 34.275 to Woodgrove’s 32.975, a 1.3-point margin accounting for most of their 2.3-point victory over the Wolverines in the overall standings.

“I think starting off on the bars was good,” said Cooper-Barlow. “Going into this meet, I told them all they had to do was their job. They went six for six on the bars and I think that just carried our momentum through the night.”

Woodgrove’s River Stone gave the evening’s best all-around performance. The junior impressed the judges to the tune of a 9.3 on the bars to win gold by a comfortable 0.375 over Magoffin, and a close-second 9.825 on the beam to Haran.

She then shared the vault championship with Leah Trepal of Heritage, as both flipped over the horse to a score of 9.7.

Only 0.075 separated first-place Haran from third-place Stone on the floor exercise, with Julie Armand of Riverside a close second.

Park View’s Kelly Herrington excelled on the high beam, sticking the landing for a third-place 9.3 and ranking fifth overall. Jodi Snare scored a fourth-place 9.3 on the vault to wind up with Woodgrove’s second-highest tally at 35.0 points, seventh overall.

After ending last season with a fourth-place team finish at regionals, two-time Dulles champ Valley is hopeful of making this year’s Virginia High School League state meet, combining all the state’s high school programs from levels 1A through 4A.

That prestigious event will be held back at Heritage, marking the first time a Class 4 school will host the VHSL state gymnastics meet, according to Cooper-Barlow.

“It’s a big deal, to see a smaller 4A school host the state meet,” said Cooper-Barlow. “I’m very happy for [Heritage’s head coach] Jenny Aubel to be able to host it. They did a fabulous job with this one today. My hat goes off to them.”

Team champions will be decided Feb. 16 with competition beginning at 4 p.m., with the individual open championships starting at 11 a.m. the following morning.

Team standings
Loudoun Valley 141.55
Woodgrove 139.25
Heritage 136.625
Riverside 133.475
Park View 121.725
Dominion 121.625
Loudoun County 83.5

All-around
River Stone (W) 38.25
Jenna Haran (LV) 37.25
Julie Armand (R) 36.675
Leah Trepal (H) 36.625
Kelly Herrington (PV) 35.575
McKenna Magoffin (LV) 35.325

Uneven bars
River Stone (W) 9.3
McKenna Magoffin (LV) 8.925
Jenna Haran (LV) 8.9
Leah Trepal (H) 8.825
Julie Armand (R) 8.775
Kristen Gettier (LC) 8.625

Vault
Leah Trepal (H) 9.7
River Stone (W) 9.7
Julie Armand (R) 9.45
Jodi Snare (W) 9.3
Megan Shamp (D) 9.1
Kelly Herrington (PV) 9.1

Balance beam
Jenna Haran (LV) 9.85
River Stone (W) 9.825
Kelly Herrington (PV) 9.3
Jayne Murray (R) 9.1
Jodi Snare (W) 9.025
Jillian Franz (LV) 9.0

Floor exercise
Jenna Haran (LV) 9.5
Julie Armand (R) 9.475
River Stone (W) 9.425
Leah Trepal (H) 9.2
Kelly Herrington (PV) 8.9
Riley Carroll (H) 8.875


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