The joint North Thurston Public Schools Gymnastic teams made up of athletes from North Thurston, Timberline and River Ridge High Schools held their final meet of the regular season Saturday, February 5 as local teams prepare for post season competition. Olympia High School, Sumner and Bonney Lake also joined in the meet held at Black Hills Gymnastic center in Lacey.
North Thurston Senior Randi Tait took first place in the individual all around category. Olympia High School took first for the team category (168.45), slightly edging out the NTPS team that scored the largest team total for the season (168.1). Olympia will compete next in the WIAA 4A District competition. The NTPS team moves to the 3A Sub-District event in Puyallup and hopes to compete off a core team with strong gym experience from Tait and Timberline co-captain Adyson Belmont and North Thurston’s Bella Burton.
NTPS head coach Shannon Brigham believes her team is looking strong as they head into Sub-Districts. “We are hoping to qualify for Districts and State as a team,” Brigham stated after the meet. “I am thrilled with my team. Bella (Burton) broke the NT school record on Floor this season and Randi broke three NT records this season. Senior Adyson Belmont from Timberline is also another strong contender for State this year as she holds three of Timberline’s school records, Bar, Beam and All-Around.”
Both Randi Tait and Olympia junior Jadan Lacy Roberts won WIAA athlete of the week awards this year for South Sound gymnastic athletes. Tait joined the NTPS team last year and has enjoyed the opportunity to represent her school. “I absolutely love high school gymnastics and My biggest highlight this year was winning a WIAA athlete of the week award,” Tait stated. “I have never had this much fun in a high school sport as I have this season competing for NTHS.”
Olympia moves into districts with one of its strongest and most talented teams it has had in years. Head coach Maggie O’Connor is positive about her team, who was undefeated in team competition. “This year the girls have overcome so much and it has made us an even stronger team,” remarked O’Connor. “We are excited for the SPSL Championship meet and have our eyes on title this year, Go Bears.”
- 4th Bonney Lake 160.35
- 3rd Sumner 166.9
- 2nd NTPS 168.1
- 1st Olympia 168.45