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Gymnast-a-Cats stand out at Macon event

Megan Haire

The Gymnast-a-Cats from Murkerson’s Gymnastics competed, with great success, at the Wheel of Champions meet at the GymNest in Macon, Ga., on October 15-16.

The level two gymnasts won the team competition with an overall score of 110.60.

Caitlin Shephard won gold medals in all four individuals events and won the all-around championship in her age division. Marbella Rich, in her age division, finished first in the bars and floor exercise, second in the balance beam, and first all-around. Rose Middleton also won the all-around gold medal, finishing first in the floor routine and second in the vault and bars events. Kennedy Jester won gold medals in the bars, beam, and floor events while winning the all-around gold medal. Lainey McRae won the silver medal in the floor routine and finished fourth on the bars. Kate McRae won the silver medal on the vault and finished fourth on the bars, beam, and floor events.

“I am very happy about the progress the younger girls are making,” said coach Melynda Murkerson. “We are still early in the season and I am proud of the results we are posting.”

Caroline Middleton

The Gymnast-a-Cats also won the team all-around championship in the level three division. Laura Lynn Gordon won gold medals in the bars, beam, and floor events, finishing first all-around. Annie Bridges finished second on the beam, finished third in the vault, bars, and floor events while finishing second all-around. Paige Stegall finished first in the vault, second on the bars and floor, and finished third all- around.

The level four gymnasts also won the team gold medal, with two all-around champions. In her age division, Emily Chambers won gold medals on the vault, beam, and the floor exercise, while winning the all-around gold medal. McKenzie Findley finished first on the beam, second on the floor and bars, and finished first all-around. Megan Haire won gold medals on the vault, the bars, and the floor exercise and won the silver all-around medal. Gabby Hardee finished first on the beam, second on the floor exercise and bars while finishing second all-around.

Level four gymnast Caroline Middleton finished first on the beam, third on the floor and finished third all-around. Breanna Dean won the silver medal on the vault and fourth overall. Sarah Kaylee Wynn finished fifth overall, while Karlie Bridges finished third on the beam and fifth overall. Sydney Thompson finished third on the vault and seventh overall.

Sydney Thompson

In the Prep Op 1 division, Briana Mills finished first all- around while winning gold medals in the vault, silver in the bars, and bronze on the floor. Macey Roland finished first on the beam, second on the floor, and second all-around. Bree Powell finished first in the vault and floor while finishing third all-around. Jessie Oliver finished third in the vault, beam, and floor events and posted a fourth-place all-around finish. Josie Deal finished fifth all-around while posting a first-place finish on the bars and a second on the beam.

Haylie Wilkinson won first all-around in the platinum division while winning the gold in all four individual events. Jeri Sloan finished second on the bars and beam.

In the level eight division, Emily Perkins won gold medals in all four individual events and finished first all-around.