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World Class gymnasts Taylor Harrison and Kourtney Chinnery named alternates for Liukin Cup | Community news

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Taylor Harrison of World Class Gymnastics turned in another sterling Level 10 performance at the Magical Classic Invitational in Orlando on Saturday but still missed qualifying for the Nastia Liukin Cup in Greensboro, N.C., on Feb. 28.

The senior qualifying spot went to Bridget Dean, 15, of Orlando Metro with an all-around score of 38.775 and the junior slot to Morgan Hurd, 12, of Delaware (38.125).

Harrison, competing for a seniors berth, finished second in her group (38.125) behind Nikole Addison of Coast Elite (38.425). Addison, 18, had qualified for the Cup earlier this season.

But there’s still a glimmer of hope that Harrison, 18, could compete at the Liukin Cup. The Tabb High senior and teammate Kourtney Chinnery, a junior gymnast, were named alternates for the Cup from the Orlando meet.

Harrison topped her showing with a win on vault (9.6), placed second on balance beam (9.5) and floor exercise (9.5), and tied for third on bars (9.525).

Chinnery, 13, put together a career-high of 37.575 while finishing second in her group in the all-around. She also placed second on floor (9.55) and third on vault (9.7) and bars (9.625).

On Level 9, Tyra Kinloch-Bailey led World Class to the team championship by winning her group’s AA title with a season-best score of 37.625.

Kinloch-Bailey, unbeaten in AA group competition this season, topped her showing with wins on vault (9.575), bars (9.425) and beam (9.325). She placed second on floor (9.3).

Emma Sears, Ashleigh Turek, Hayley Hartfiel, Lily Olson, Katlyn Turek and Gabby Johanek also contributed points to World Class’ winning team total of 112.325. Orlando Metro took second place with 110.800 points.

Wins on bars (9.35), beam (9.125) and floor (9.25) propelled Sears to a personal best of 36.225 in the all-around, where she finished second.

Olson (9.525) and Johanek had wins on floor (9.325), and Ashleigh Turek was second on vault (9.4), floor (9.375) and the AA (36.675).

On Level 7, WC finished second in the team competition with 114.225 points. Jamison Sears headed the team with wins in the AA (37.9) and bars (9.625) and a second on beam (9.6).

On Level 4, Jamie Wright swept her competition in piling up 38.35 points in the AA.

Another team title went to the Level 3s, headed by all-around champs Liliana Andrews (36.625), Alexis Olsen (36.925) and Ashley Coronado (38.225).

Swimming

J.J. Barad of South Eastern Virginia Aquatics continued his strokes of dominance in the 9-10 age division at the Old Dominion Aquatic Club Southeast District Meet for ages 9-14 Feb. 7-9 at Old Dominion University.

With Barad displaying loads of talent, the 10-year-old water whiz won six events and placed second in another.

His wave of victories came in the 50-yard freestyle in 29.83 seconds, the 500 free (5:56.16), 50 backstroke (36.0), 100 back (1:13.43), 100 butterfly (1:11.92) and 100 individual medley (1:12.83). He placed second in the 50 fly.

In earlier meets against strong opposition, Barad won five events at the Poseidon A+ Meet Jan. 18-20 in Richmond, and he captured three events and placed in the top three in two others at the SEVA-hosted Christmas Championships Dec. 15 at Fort Eustis.

At the ODAC meet, Hunter Yost, Alyssa Reilly and Chris Verastek also stood out for SEVA.

Yost, competing in the 9-10 age group, scored victories in the 50 fly, 50 breaststroke and 100 breast, and placed second in the 100 IM, 50 free, 100 free and 200 free.

Reilly, 11-12 girls, was tops in the 400 IM, 100 fly and 200 fly, plus she placed second in the 200 free.

Verastek, 13-14 boys, produced wins in the 400 IM and 1,650 free to go with a second in the 200 breast and a third in the 200 IM.

Noah Fields headed the Williamsburg Aquatic Club with wins in the 200 fly and 1,000 free. He also placed third in the 100 fly.

Running

Entries still are being taken for Sunday’s Sentara Colonial Half Marathon in Williamsburg.
For online registration, visit ColonialHalfMarathon.com. Race-day entries will be taken in William and Mary Hall, where packet pickup begins at 10 a.m.

The cost through Thursday is $60 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K. Race-day fees are $65 for the HM and $40 for the 5K.

New this year is a fun run inside W&M Hall that covers approximately a half mile. That fee is $5. All proceeds from the races will benefit the Tribe’s track and field and cross country programs.

The 5K begins at 1 p.m., the half marathon at 1:10 and the fun run at 1:50. The half and 5K will begin and end on the campus of W&M.

Last year’s races attracted more than 1,000 runners.

On the line Sunday will be $2,000 in prize money in the half marathon — $500, $300 and $200 for the top three finishers for both the men and women.

For more information, email Meagan Bedsaul of W&M Special Events at mmbedsaul@wm.edu or Rick Platt at rickplatt1@juno.com.

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