Gymnast Kayla Folz cleans up in Orangeville

By: Randy Pascal – Playback

 | Jan 04, 2014 - 10:35 AM |
Top end gymnasts Jennifer Drane and Kayla Folz certainly led the way, but they were not alone in posting noteworthy results as the GymZone Gymnastics Sudbury Laurels women’s artistic team competed at the first qualifier of the 2013-2014 season in Orangeville.

Preparing for a trip to Cancun as part of the Team Ontario contingent, Folz looked more than ready, recording a sweep of all four events in capturing the overall aggregate championship in the Level 9 (age 14-15) grouping.

Folz earned gold in the vault (9.45), bars (8.50), beam (9.00) and floor (8.90), finishing well ahead of Leah Martosh of Richmond Hill. Drane just narrowly missed duplicating that feat, earning first-place honours in the vault (9.075), bars (8.60) and floor (9.25), while nabbing a third-place ribbon on the beam and taking the overall aggregate Level 8 (age 14-17) crown.

Nikka Valentim finished fourth in a large field contesting the Level 6 (age 13) grouping, largely on the strength of a third-place finish on the bars. Brooklyn Lavallee (Level 5 – age 13) earned gold on the floor, while the Level 5 (age 14-15) division would see locals finish second and third overall.

Ashley Miron (second) picked up three top-three placements, including gold in the vault, while Patricia Hunt (third) added a pair of bronze medals to the Sudbury haul. The girls are back in action on Jan. 25-26 in Oshawa, with the men’s artistic team, as well as the trampolinist also in competition the same weekend.

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