Gymnasts do well in nationals

CNJ STAFF

Katlin Luscombe of Texico and Ann Marie McLelland of Clovis were part of a team of ninth athletes representing Muleshoe-based Acrospirit Trampoline and Tumbling to participate in the USA Gymnastics National Championships from July 12-22 in Sacramento, Calif.
Luscombe, who will be a sixth grader at Texico Elementary this fall, and McLelland, a third-grader-to-be at Zia Elementary, helped the team have a successful performance which included four gold, eight silver and two bronzes medals.
Luscombe, a first-year gymnast, and McLelland each earned silver medals at their level of competition in the same events — trampoline and double mini.
“I was very surprised at how well Katlin was able to handle a national championship in her first time,” Acrospirit coach Will Green said. “There were a couple thousand people in there watching every day.
“Ann Marie is just very consistent. I never worry about her; she just goes in there and does what she’s supposed to do.”
Amber Cowart, 16, Muleshoe, took the gold medal in the senior elite double mini and teamed with a girl from Illinois to earn a bronze medal in junior elite synchronized trampoline competition. Another Muleshoe girl, Amanda Bailey, 17, captured silver in junior elite trampoline.
Sudan’s Kaylie Miller won gold medals in both trampoline and tumbling in the 9-10 age division in Level 9 competition, while Madison Chester of Sudan took home a bronze in Level 6 trampoline competition for girls age 7-8.
Representing the boys in the 7-8 age category, Garrison Myers claimed silver in both double mini and trampoline competition at Level 6 and Cade Box took gold in double mini and silver in trampoline at Level 5.
“I was very pleased,” Green said. “For most of these kids, it was their first time to go (to nationals). You can’t expect to win that many medals.
“It was good to see us win from top to bottom.”