Scorpions prevail in quad meet Gymnastics

April 23, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

After two events in a gymnastics quad meet yesterday, Mount Hebron held a 60.5-58.7 lead over Oakland Mills.

But Amy Walton, one of Mount Hebron's best gymnasts, was competing in just one of the two remaining events, leaving Vikings coach Lisa Michael uncertain if the edge would hold.

"[The lead's] all going to change," she said.

Her sense was right, as the Scorpions scored a 33.8 on floor exercise and a 30.5 on balance beam to top Mount Hebron, 123.0-120.7. Glenelg and North Harford finished at 81.0 and 69.7, respectively.

On floor exercise without Walton, who had a twisted ankle, the Vikings tallied a 30.5, adding to a 29.7 on beam.

"That's where they beat us," Michael said. "If we had Amy on floor, it would have been a different story."

Before the Scorpions could claim victory, they needed solid performances on beam, their final event. After Mount Hebron (5-2) finished on floor for its 120.7 total, Oakland Mills (5-1) needed 28.2 points to at least tie. Jennie Saffle (6.0), April Page (7.6), Kelley Callaway (7.9) and Lori Jackson (8.8), in that order, came through for the Scorpions.

Jackson's and Callaway's beam scores solidified their spots as No. 1 and No. 2 in all-around. Jackson (35.9), a senior and favorite for Howard County's all-around championship, claimed her second all-around title in as many meets. Callaway, a junior, finished at 33.9, and Mount Hebron junior Danielle Magnes ( 33.3) placed third.

Jackson needed a 6.7 to at least tie the Vikings. After her 8.8, during which she felt "shaky," she heard one of Mount Hebron's gymnasts joke, "Why didn't you fall three times? We could've won."

"I wasn't as solid on beam and my performance wasn't as clean as it usually is," said Jackson, who also won vault (8.9), uneven bars (9.0)and floor exercise (9.2). Magnes won beam at 9.0.

"It's rough being the last team competing," Scorpions coach Bonnie Taylor said. "There's commotion all around. They had to pull together to do it."

Mount Hebron was in control early, outscoring Oakland Mills in the first two events.

The Vikings started on uneven bars and led by Walton's 8.5 and Berkeley Noonan's 7.7, they tallied a 27.4. They could have scored better, but Magnes, normally reliable, struggled with several slips for a 6.7. Oakland Mills finished at 26.5 on bars.

After the Scorpions claimed a 32.2 on vault, the Vikings again topped them at 33.1.

"I was kind of in pain," said Walton, who competed in her first meet. "But I wasn't very nervous. I felt my scores were good."

Ten boys from four schools -- Mount Hebron, Hammond, Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills -- also competed. Mount Hebron (67.2) took first and Hammond's Brian Law, who competed in five of six events, placed highest individually at 26.1.

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