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Gertsema also plays key role in Hawks’ gymnastics title

The Kansas City Star

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Led by senior all-around champion Allison Meads, Olathe East claimed its first Kansas state gymnastics championship since 2008 last Saturday at Lawrence High School.

Meads won her third straight all-around title and also claimed individual gold medals on the balance beam, floor exercise and vault, but she wasn’t the only contributor to the Hawks’ fifth state crown — all since 2002.

Darby Gertsema, who finished third in the all-around, also played a pivotal role in Olathe East’s victory.

The Hawks totaled 106.775 points and easily bested runner-up Lawrence Free State (104.925).

Gertsema claimed third on the uneven bars (9.025) and vault (9.45), while Meads finished second on the bars (9.325) behind only SM West’s Megan Vanderpool.

Olathe Northwest’s Jessica Payne tied for fifth in the all-around (35.275) after tying for fourth on the beam (8.65), finishing fourth on the bars (8.75) and claiming fifth on the vault (9.25).

Olathe South’s Abby Skiles was the state runner-up on the beam (8.8) and Falcons teammate Senna Hargett finished fifth (8.725).

Olathe girls X-C teams sweep state spots

Three Olathe girls cross country programs swept the Blue Valley West regional last Saturday at Lone Elm Park, snagging the three team spots at state today at Rim Rock Farms in rural Lawrence.

Olathe East totaled 61 team points, edging runner-up Olathe Northwest by three points (64) and third-place Olathe North by nine points (70).

Brenna McDannold led the regional champion Hawks with a third-place finish in 15 minutes, 18 seconds, while Kelsey Quiring claimed seventh overall (15:44).

The Ravens were led by individual runner-up Cameron Gueldner (15:17), who nipped McDannold by a second and finished three seconds behind the regional champion, Lawrence’s Grace Morgan.

Ariane Wright finished eighth (15:53) for ONW.

The Eagles also had two top-10 finishers, fourth-place Loretta Achoki (15:28) and 10th-place Jami Clay (16:00).

Individually, Olathe South’s Kaylee Shanley finished fifth overall (15:37).

Hawks boys also claim regional crown

Much like the Olathe East girls cross country team, the Hawks’ boy snagged a regional championship by three points.

Led by Nick Hinrichs and Shale Morris, East totaled 72 points and edged runner-up Olathe North by three points (75), while Lawrence Free State snagged the third team berth at today’s 6A state meet.

Hinrichs finished fifth overall (16:38) and Morris wound up sixth (16:41).

Meanwhile, Alex Finestead led the runner-up Eagles with a third-place finish in 16:17 behind only BV West’s Stuart McNutt (15:48) and Lawrence’s Gavin Fischer (16:14), while teammate Easton Moore claimed seventh (16:44).

Olathe Northwest’s Aaron Taylor, who finished fourth (16:36), and two Olathe South runners, Jamie Steury, who was 10th (16:52), and Alex Delker, who was 11th (16:53), also qualified for state.

Among the smaller classes, Spring Hill’s Michael Gallagher snagged a spot at the Kansas 4A state tournament, which takes place today in Wamego, with an 11th-place finish (18:52) at the Anderson County regional at Garnett County Club.

South announce girls basketball youth camp

Olathe South girls basketball’s 18th annual Youth Girls Basketball Clinic is set for Nov. 17 at the high school.

Any girls in kindergarten through sixth grade is invited to the two-hour camp from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Younger girls will use shorter goals with an emphasis on learning fundamentals and proper form.

The cost is $20 if preregistered or $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit the South girls basketball program.

To register or for more information, email Falcons coach Steve Ingram at singramos@olatheschools.org or by visiting Olathe South’s website.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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