Turkey Team Takes Fall Classic


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
November 14, 2012 04:13 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Turkey team trumped the Pilgrim team, 17-15, in yesterday’s Gymnastics Fall Classic, inside Cary Gym.

The Mountaineers were split into two teams and competed their routines in front of judges and in competition uniforms for the first time this season. About 30 fans were on hand to watch the WVU squad in its most-intense intrasquad to date.

“Yesterday was one of the best Fall Classics I have ever been a part of,” said second-year coach Jason Butts. “The team was really focused and the energy in the gym was extremely high. I credit our fans and our seniors for providing a fantastic environment, and I was very excited with the progress I saw.”

A hit routine was scored when the gymnast stayed on the apparatus and earned a full 10.0 start value; gymnasts were awarded one point for each hit routine.

“I liked that the match was so close,” Butts explained. “I think that proved that we have a very deep team this year and that our consistency is about where we’d like it to be.”

Senior Alaska Richardson and junior Hope Sloanhoffer led the Turkey team to victory. Sloanhoffer went four-for-four for the second consecutive year, while Richardson debuted a new floor routine with near-flawless execution.

Additional bright spots on the Turkey team were sophomore Beth Deal’s beam routine and freshman Melissa Idell’s floor routine; both are expected to contribute on those events this season. Additionally, sophomore Lia Salzano performed well on vault.

Seniors Chelsea Goldschrafe and Kaylyn Millick led the Pilgrim team and debuted new floor routines, too. Freshman Jaida Lawrence hit four-for-four for the Pilgrim team, while junior Amanda Carpenter hit her beam and floor routines. Additionally, junior Bethany Yurko hit her bars set.

“I really like the spot we’re in heading into the Thanksgiving break,” Butts said. “I fully expect us to have at least eight quality routines on each event this season. Yesterday was just the beginning for this team. I’m excited to get back in the gym and get everyone ready for the Gold-Blue meet.”

The Mountaineers will make their WVU Coliseum debut with their Gold-Blue intrasquad meet on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. Celebrity judges will award scores at this fun, interactive meet, and all are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.



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