Taylor Harrison led a trio of girls for World Class Gymnastics that put together top-10 performances in individual events at the USA Gymnastics Level 10 Junior Olympic National Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton.
Harrison, a 16-year-old Tabb High student, placed third on beam with a score of 9.575 points and seventh on floor (9.625) in the Jr. D age group.
Joining her with top 10s were Rebekah Conrad and Ashley Lambert, both juniors at Menchville. Competing in Sr. B, Conrad placed ninth on bars (9.475) and Lambert 10th on vault (9.6).
The competition was extremely tough. Only the top seven gymnasts from each of the country's eight regions automatically qualified for the nationals, which was held in this area for the first time. World Class Gymnastics of Newport News served as the host club.
In the National Invitational Tournament on Sunday — also at Hampton Roads Convention Center — Kiera Brown of World Class made a strong showing. The Woodside High junior took first place on bars (9.625), third on vault (9.625), fourth on floor (9.425), and fourth in the all-around (37.525).
The NIT was also a showcase event for outstanding gymnasts who finished eighth or ninth in the all-around in their region or won an individual event at regionals.
Brown, World Class' most-accomplished gymnast most of the season, had finished ninth in the AA at regionals.
Brooke Evans (Sr. C) and Katherine Locher (Jr. D) also had admirable performances for World Class in the NIT. Evans placed second on vault (9.625) and fifth on beam (9.35) while Locher was fifth on beam (9.425), fifth in the AA (37.025), and eighth on vault (9.2).
Danielle Foster and Nathan Switzer, both 19-year-olds from Newport News, showed their shooting skills at the recent National Junior Olympics for Rifle and Pistol at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Foster, a member of the North Carolina State rifle team this season as a freshman, placed fifth in smallbore rifle and seventh in air rifle after more than two weeks of competition that ended April 30.
In smallbore, Foster had a two-day aggregate of 1,144 out of a possible 1,200 and a finals score of 94.8. In air rifle, she shot 777 out of a possible 800 and had a finals score of 102.4.
Switzer, a freshman at Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey, mustered a two-day score of 1,081 in the air pistol and a total match score of 724.5 in sport pistol.
Both shooters are preparing for the USA Shooting National Championships and Olympic Team Trials June 1-11 at Fort Benning, Ga.
State Senior Games
Orlanda Terry, 74, of Newport News won four medals in three different sports at the State Senior Games in Richmond May 9-12 to qualify for the nationals for the fourth time.
Terry, competing in the 70-74 age group, topped his versatile showing by winning a gold medal in horseshoes for the sixth consecutive year. He also won a silver medal in the softball hit-and-throw and a bronze in table tennis singles and doubles.
The top three winners in each event and age group automatically qualified for the National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio, next year.
Warren Turner of Smithfield brought home three medals. He won a gold medal in the softball hit-and-throw for the eighth consecutive year and took silver in table tennis singles for the 75-79 age group. He also placed third in the table tennis doubles in the 70-74 division with Terry.
Gerald Williams of Hampton, competing in the 70-74 division, won a gold in both singles and doubles in table tennis. His partner in doubles was Dean Johnson of Virginia Beach.
In race walking, George Fenigsohn of Poquoson captured gold medals for the 1,500 meters (9:26) and 5,000 meters (34:14) in the 65-69 class.
Mark Tompkins, 36, and Jennifer Quarles, 40, of Williamsburg topped their respective fields in the 18th annual Queens Lake 5K on Saturday at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg.
Tompkins, the cross country coach at Bruton High, cruised to the men's title in 16 minutes and 35 seconds.
Second place went to Daniel Shaye, 43, of Williamsburg in 17:08 while Greg Dawson, 46, of Williamsburg took third in 17:18.
Quarles ran her fastest time as a masters runner, finishing in 18:59.
Mercedes Castillo-D'Amico, 54, of Newport News ran a lifetime best of 19:50 in taking runner-up honors. Debbie McLaughlin, 46, of Williamsburg placed third in 20:57.
D'Amico's time was a new race record for the women's 50-54 age group and an impressive 89.7 percent on an age-graded scale. Ninety percent is considered world-class. ...
John Piggott, 46, of Williamsburg finished sixth overall and first in the masters division at the Christiana Care Half Marathon in Wilmington, Del., on Sunday. Competing against a field of close to 1,200 runners, Piggott was timed in 1:17:02.
Sven Berg, fresh from winning the Williamsburg Inn Lawn Bowling Club singles championship for the seventh time, has added another major title to his collection. This time, he teamed with fellow club member Ed Reynolds to win the Miller Pairs Tournament May 5-6 on their home turf.
The duo went undefeated in the 12-team tournament that attracted players from Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Jim Halter and Joan Miller of Williamsburg placed third.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun