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Gymnastics: Johnson, Cardinals win Marshall Invite

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Gymnastics: Johnson, Cardinals win Marshall Invite
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MARSHALL — Senior Cassie Johnson won all-around and freshman Haley Mottinger won two events to help Willmar win each event and the eight-team Marshall Invite Saturday.

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Johnson won bars with an 8.45, placed second on floor with a 9.175, took third on vault with a 9.025 and scored an 8.35 on beam to accumulate an all-around score of 35.00 and give the Cardinals a 138.15.

New Ulm was second at 135.975 with Michaela Otterstatter finishing a fraction of a point behind Johnson in all-around at 34.975.

Mottinger won vault with a 9.25 and floor with a 9.2. Sophomore Stephanie Thompson and freshman Alexis Miley placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in all-around for Willmar. Thompson carded a 9.25 to win beam.

Willmar hosts Paynesville/Eden Valley-Watkins in a non-conference dual Tuesday.

“It was thrilling to have a first place on every event,” said Willmar coach Larry Selchow. “Cassie’s sole circle-front somi dismount was a very exciting highlight, because it was the first time she was able to successfully land this advanced skill in competition.”

Willmar hosts Paynesville/Eden Valley-Watkins in a non-conference dual Tuesday.

Team scoring

(1) Willmar 138.15 (2) New Ulm 135.975 (3) Windom 130.675 (4) Worthington 129.4 (5) Benson/KMS 125.15 (6) Pipestone 118.625 (7) Redwood Valley 114.85 (8) Marshall 103.675

How Willmar fared

ALL-AROUND — (1) Cassie Johnson 35.00 (4) Stephanie Thompson 34.725 (5) Alexis Miley 34.25

VAULT — (1) Haley Mottinger 9.25 (3) Johnson 9.025 (5) Thompson 8.95 … Maddie LIndblad 8.7, Miley 8.7

BARS — (1) Johnson 8.45 (4) Thompson 8.05 (T5) Samantha Goeser 7.85 … Miley 7.7, Mottinger 7.4

BEAM — (1) Thompson 9.25 (5) Miley 8.85 … Johnson 8.35, Lindblad 7.8, Mottinger 7.8

FLOOR — (1) Mottinger 9.2 (2) Johnson 9.175 (4) Miley 9.0 … Lindblad 8.55, Thompson 8.475

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