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Whyte, Falcons grab Region IV crowns Gymnastics


With Jesse Whyte leading the way as all-around champion, Severna Park's boys gymnastics team claimed the Region IV meet team title at Old Mill yesterday.

The Falcons outdistanced second-place Old Mill by 6.2 points to take the title and get coach Bonnie Habicht her first title.

"I'm so proud of these kids right now," Habicht said. "They all worked together, and I think our depth was really what did it for us."

The Falcons benefited from several strong performances, notably Ben Jones' third-place finish in the vault and floor exercise and sixth in the parallel bars and Jamie Kuch's fourth in the parallel bars and tie for third in the pommel horse.

But the star was undeniably Whyte.

He finished first or second in every event but the vault, including firsts in the floor exercise and parallel bars.

Todd Keyser of Broadneck gave Whyte all he could handle, finishing just 0.7 of a point.

Whyte's road was not easy.

The meet was split into two parts, with competitors doing the vault, horse and high bar first, followed by the rings, floor exercise and bars. The first three events were Keyser's strength and the last three were Whyte's, so Keyser would set the pace and Whyte would have to follow.

Keyser won the horse and high bar. He did not place in the vault, but the gauntlet had been thrown down.

Whyte kept pace, taking second in the horse and tying for second in the high bar.

He was also up to the task in the last three events, winning the parallel bars and floor exercise and placing second in the rings.

Whyte said after the meet that the order of events favored him.

"I was glad to see my strong events in the second half of the meet," Whyte said.

"Knowing that I was going to have to come back to win just fueled my fire. I also knew we were close in the team competition, and knowing that my teammates were counting on me helped even more."

Keyser managed to win the rings, one of the final three events, but it wouldn't be enough.

He said he was disappointed in not winning the all-around but was happy with his performance.

"Leaving here with three individual medals helps take some of the sting away," Keyser said.

"I messed up my high bar routine a little and that probably did me in, but I can't use that as an excuse. When you mess up, you have to pull yourself together and go. Winning this meet was no live or die for me."

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