Sutter wins state title on balance beam – The Durango Herald


Ignite gymnasts bring back rewards from Highlands Ranch

Hayden Sutter, 6, is on top of the podium after winning a national gymnastics beam title this weekend. (Courtesy)

Six-year-old Hayden Sutter started doing gymnastics about six months ago. Over the weekend, she only competed in her second competition, the Xcel Bronze State Championships at Peak Athletics in Highlands Ranch, and beat her competition.

Sutter scored a 9.075 on balance beam to win a state title on the event. She also finished ninth on bars and 10th on vault to finish seventh in the all-around.

“She’s doing great,” said Ignite Gymnastics coach Liz Herring. “She is a great listener and takes corrections very well.”

Sutter was joined by seven teammates in the Junior A competition.

Six-year-old Reagan Zink placed sixth in the all-around after placing fourth on bars, eighth on vault, 10th on floor and tied sixth on balance beam.

Westlynn Craig, 5, tied for fifth on vault, finished eighth on balance beam and 10th on bars.

Six-year-old Briar Oelschlaeger finished 11th all-around, eighth on bars and ninth on vault.

Six-year-old Lydia Edmonds placed 12th in the all-around after leveling both fifth on vault and ninth on balance beam.

Six-year-old Brooke-Lynn Smith placed 13th in the all-around.

Seven-year-old Hope Whitt finished 14th in the all-around after finishing fifth on balance beam and eighth on floor.

Payzlie Price, 5, placed 15th in the all-around.

In the first session of Junior B, 7-year-old McKay Mortensen finished 11th in the all-around after placing 10th on vault and floor and finishing fifth on bars. Eight-year-old Ivy Rhodes placed 14th in the all-around.

In the Senior B competition, 11-year-old Maddie Juliano placed 11th all-around, eighth on bars and ninth on beam.

Eight-year-old Maggie Perkerewicz placed 15th all-around and ninth on floor in the second Junior A session.

“They all did well,” Herring said. “We were by far the youngest team there.”


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