Gymnastics: Overland’s Christie Yee wins 5A state floor championship

Junior keeps program's success going with floor exercise

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Overland’s Christie Yee performs her routine on the floor exercise during the 2016 Class 5A state gymnastics meet at Thornton High School. Yee, a Cherokee Trail student competing for the Overland co-op team, scored 9.750 points to win the 5A individual event final in the exercise on Nov. 5, 2016. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

THORNTON | Through video study and talking with her coaches, Christie Yee knew her floor exercise could be better the second time around at the Class 5A state gymnastics meet.

The Cherokee Trail student — who competes for the Overland co-op gymnastics team — cleaned things up for her performance in the event in Saturday’s individual event finals at Thornton High School and came home with a state championship.

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Junior Christie Yee, facing, gets a hug from an Overland teammate after performing her floor exercise routine at the Class 5A state gymnastics meet. Yee won the 5A state title in the event. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Yee scored 9.750 points to win the Overland program’s second state title on the floor exercise in four season, as she joined 2013 5A winner Devin Bundas as champions in the event. Yee’s performance highlighted an evening that saw seven different Overland gymnasts — all underclassmen — perform in event finals.

“Of course I tried my best on Thursday (in the team competition) and I think I had a really good routine, but one of my skills — a pirouette — was just a little bit off,” Yee said. “I knew I needed to fix it on Saturday. I was a little nervous at first, but I really wanted to do well and I had to just trust all my head work.

“My teammates were really proud of me and said that’s the best routine they’d ever seen me do.”

All time, Yee became the third state champion in the floor exercise from an Aurora school, joining Bundas (who also won the uneven bars in 2014) in 2013 and Becky Sobus of the now-defunct Rangeview team in 1998.

A pair of freshmen — Samantha Demoss (Eaglecrest) and Annabelle Pedderson (Smoky Hill) — joined Yee on the medal podium with top-eight finishes for coach Lisa Sparrow’s Overland program, which finished as the 5A state team runner-up to Pomona two days earlier.

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Sophomore Josie Claycamp of the Overland co-op gymnastics team begins her routine on the uneven bars in the Class 5A state individual event finals on Nov. 5, 2016, at Thornton High School. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Demoss earned an eighth-place finish in the all-around competition and added a ninth on the balance beam and 12th on the floor routine, while Pedderson finished eighth on the vault with a score of 9.525.

Junior Mackenzie French (vault) and sophomores Natalie Wilson (uneven bars), Josie Claycamp (uneven bars) and Elena Reiffin (balance beam) also qualified for individual event finals in one event.

Wilson (Vista PEAK ) finished just one spot off the medal podium in ninth on the uneven bars.

Sophomore Delenn Steffes (Overland) qualified for the individual event finals in three events, but had to go home without competing after she sustained an injury in warm-ups.

Cherokee Trail’s Sarah Fangrow competed for Cherry Creek in the individual event finals, as did Cherokee Trail track standout Aumni Ashby.

Ashby finished 13th on the floor exercise and Fangrow grabbed 15th on the uneven bars.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@aurorasentinel.com. Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2016 CLASS 5A STATE GYMNASTICS INDIVIDUAL EVENT FINALS RESULTS

Nov. 5 at Thornton High School

VAULT: 1. Kelsey Boychuk (Pomona), 9.850 points; 2. Mackenzie Doerr (Cherry Creek), 9.825; 3. Brooke Weins (Pomona), 9.775 (9.788); 4. Amber Boll (Lakewood), 9.775 (9.775); 5. Katherine Compton (Ponderosa), 9.700; 6. Morgan Walters (Chatfield), 9.675; 7. Avery Paxton (Cherry Creek), 9.550; 8. ANNABELLE PEDDERSON (OVERLAND), 9.525 (9.538); Other Overland result: 14. Mackenzie French, 9.400

UNEVEN BARS: 1. Amber Boll (Lakewood), 9.825 points; 2. Morgan Walters (Chatfield), 9.800; 3. Brooke Weins (Pomona), 9.775; 4. Abby Holbrook (Broomfield), 9.675; 5. Kelsey Boychuk (Pomona), 9.650; 6. Kaylie Berens (Pomona), 9.375; 7. Kiki Neff (Lakewood), 9.300; 8. Demi Raines (Thornton), 9.275; Overland results: 9. Natalie Wilson, 9.1500; 12. Josie Claycamp, 8.575; Other Aurora results: 15. Sarah Fangrow (Cherry Creek), 8.375

FLOOR: 1. CHRISTIE YEE (OVERLAND), 9.750 points; 2. Brooke Weins (Pomona), 9.675; 3. Avery Paxton (Cherry Creek), 9.650; 4. Katherine Compton (Ponderosa), 9.575; 5. Abbi Edgerly (Broomfield), 9.450; 6. Shaye Mathias (Arvada West), 9.400; 7. Brekyn Haddick (Thornton), 9.350; 8. Natalie Prestwich (Mountain Range), 9.250; Other Overland results: 12. Samantha Demoss, 8.775; Other Aurora results: 13. Aumni Ashby, 8.750

BALANCE BEAM: 1. Brooke Weins (Pomona), 9.675 points; 2. Amber Boll (Lakewood), 9.600; 3. Abby Holbrook (Broomfield), 9.525 (9.525); 4. Julia Kendl (Bear Creek), 9.525 (9.500); 5. Abby Crosier (Mountain Range), 9.475 (9.500); 6. Katherine Compton (Ponderosa), 9.475 (9.488); 7. Midori Coyle (Arvada West), 9.475 (9.463); 8. Annabel Spence (Pomona), 9.450; Overland results: 9. Samantha Demoss (Overland), 9.4; 12. Elena Reiffin, 9.350

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