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After just two competitions, the senior-heavy Battlefield gymnastics team already is staking its claim as a regional contender.
BHS lands first at home gymnastics meet
© Gainesville TimesAfter just two competitions, the senior-heavy Battlefield gymnastics team already is staking its claim as a regional contender.
The Bobcats won their own invitational meet on Saturday in Haymarket with a team score of 101.475.
None of the other seven schools competing managed to tally triple digits on the scoreboard.
Battlefield outpaced second-place Osbourn Park by 3.2 points while Patriot came in seventh place with a score of 88.275.
"We're going back to the depth of our team," said Battlefield head coach Mary Henry, discussing how the home team won.
Two Bobcats, Kassie Krivo and Elena Patchan, competed in the all-around.
Patchan (33.15) ended up fifth for the meet, just 0.05 in front of teammate and team co-captain Kassie Krivo (33.10), who placed sixth.
However, Krivo claimed Battlefield's best showing of the day by an individual as she won the floor exercise with a score of a 9.275.
"Kassie has fabulous turns and leaps that are very high level," said Henry, adding that she includes a full twist and clean tumbles during her routine.
Patchan (9.075) and co-captain June Mumo (9.025) also broke the 9.0 mark for BHS on the floor, helping them earn fifth and sixth respectively while teammate Kelli Herr's score of 8.875 put her in seventh place overall.
What the floor exercise showed is that Battlefield is still strongest in its traditionally best event, as the school has routinely fielded gymnasts capable of breaking the 9.0 mark in that event throughout its history.
Battlefield's team score on the floor of 27.375 turned out to be the best on Saturday for the floor and marked the only event that the Bobcats actually claimed the top spot.
Keeping it close on vault and bars proved to be key, as the Bobcats finished second overall in both events, scoring a 26.5 on vault and 22.674 on bars.
Meanwhile, the team came in third on beam with a tally of 24.925.
Though Krivo and Patchan competed in every event, three other Bobcats hit the stage twice each: Mumo (floor and bars), Erika Harrington (vault and bars) and Jena Schroeder (vault and beam).
Mumo's mark of 7.925 put her in second place on bars, trailing only the all-star showing of North Stafford's Sibohan Bernard, who blew away the competition with a 9.05 at time when no one else broke an 8.0.
Herr and Victoria Krivo also gave one-off performances, with Krivo taking third place on the beam by chalking up an 8.65.
Henry explained that Krivo uses a back handspring and a front walk-over with one hand on beam.
"It's a blind handspring, so you don't see the beam before you land on it," said the coach.
This year marks the first time Battlefield has competed without former head coach Chevonne White at the helm.
However, Henry isn't just familiar with the sport; she's performed, coached and judged it all over the world.
Japan, Chile, California, North Carolina Tennessee and her native Kentucky are just some of the places Henry has participated in some form or another.
That is due, in part, because she is married to an active-duty Army lieutenant colonel, who is currently stationed in Africa.
"Gymnastics something I could easily gel into," said Henry. "It transferred everywhere. It's something I've been able to take every time we move."
What she inherited at Battlefield this year is different than teams from the past.
According to Henry, this squad is reliant on members splitting time between competitive club gymnastics programs and the more laid back setting of high school.
Instead, Battlefield is their main focus.
For a team featuring six seniors, that potentially means a large chunk of the group may not have a competitive gymnastics future after high school, so this is their best shot to capitalize on their skills and bring home some hardware from the post-season.
"The girls have told me from day one, they want to make states," said Henry, later adding, "I don't see any reason they can't."
While Battlefield claimed the mantle for the best overall team performance on Saturday, three members of the Patriot gymnastics team also competed in the all-around while a couple other participated in individual events.
Vanessa Lee ended up in ninth place overall, scoring a 32.20.
That put her 2.95 puts ahead of teammate Madison Smith (29.25), who finished 2.425 points in front of fellow Pioneer Dillon Call (26.825).
Lee's high-water mark in the rankings for the contest came on the bars, where she earned fifth place.
Two other Pioneers made individual event appearances, with Haley Negvesky competing on the floor and Michelle Davies working on the beam.