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Petersen has five top-5 finishes at state gymnastics

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Jeni Petersen (second from left) placed second in the floor exercise at state finals with a score of 9.35.
State finals begin Friday at Wisconsin Rapids
RIVER FALLS – For the third time in as many tries, Jeni Petersen is representing the Grantsburg gymnastics team in the state finals. 
Petersen, a senior, secured her spot in the season finale with her performance in the sectional at River Falls on Saturday. She had top-five finishes in three categories to lead Grantsburg to a fifth-place finish in the team standings. 
Grantsburg totaled 125.55 points while the GMC co-op topped the team standings with 136.95. River Falls, 135.475, West Salem, 134.525, and Menomonie, 128.675, completed the top five. 
Petersen’s best finish was a runner-up spot in the floor exercise with a 9.35. River Falls’ Autumn Tiede won the event with a 9.6; Alli Peterson added a 15th-place finish for Grantsburg with an 8.45. 
Petersen had a fourth-place finish at the uneven bars with an 8.5, with West Salem’s Ella Krause leading the way with an 8.9. Amy Harmon tied for 17th with a 7.7 for Grantsburg; Khylie Young-Garayt was 23rd with a 7.4.
The first two top-five finishes for Petersen boosted her all-around score to 34.15, putting her fifth; Tiede also led this event’s scoring with a 35.85. Young-Garayt had a 14th-place finish with a 31.35 and Peterson was 18th with a 30.4. 
Petersen also led Grantsburg at the balance beam, though she missed a top-10 finish by a tenth of a point. She placed 11th with an 8.3, with GMC’s Abby Miller winning the event with an 8.9. Young-Garayt was 21st with a 7.475. 
Young-Garayt did earn a top-10 finish in the vault, tying for 10th with an 8.425. Peterson was 18th with an 8.2 and Petersen was 26th with an 8.0. 
Petersen, therefore, qualified for state competition in three events after qualifying in just one event her first two trips to the state final. 
"This was a very exciting meet,” Grantsburg coach Kathy Lund said. "Going into this meet, our goal was not to worry about a score. (The) sectional is a big meet and scoring would be tight.”
The two-day state finals begin at the Lincoln High School field house in Wisconsin Rapids this Friday, March 6, at 1 p.m. and conclude on Saturday, with events starting at 10:30 a.m.


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