MOON TOWNSHIP — The Tri-County Area has enjoyed its share of success over the years at the PA Classic High School Gymnastic Championships, and this year was no different at the event held at Moon Area Middle School.
Gymnasts from DuBois, St. Marys and Ridgway combined to win 22 medals (Top 12) on the weekend, with the DuBois trio of Becca Mehok, Kelly Kumetis and Kalee Wayne collecting half of that total (11). St. Marys gymnasts won two medals in the Silver Division, while the other 20 all came in the Bronze Division.
DuBois junior Becca Mehok enjoyed the best performance of the weekend for a local athlete as she posted a score of 8.250 to capture the gold medal on beam in the Bronze Division. Mehok was just one of two competitors to score over 8.000 and beat Bellefonte’s MaePearl St. George by .150 points.
Mehok’s gold medal is DuBois’ first at the PA Individual Classic since 2009, when Kristin Day won gold on the floor in the Diamond Division.
Mehok also placed fifth in the all-around (31.117) and 12th on bars (6.900) to finish with three medals. She added an 18th on floor (7.967) and 21st on vault (8.000).
Kumetis won medals in all four individual events as well as the all-around, where she was seventh with a total of 31.000. Kumetis placed ninth on floor (8.200), 10th on beam (7.575) and 11th on both vault (8.250) and bars (6.975).
As for Wayne, here best finish was eighth on beam (7.575). She also placed 10th on floor (8.183) and 12th in the all-around (30.150) to collect three medals herself. Wayne added a 16th on bars (6.475) and 26th on vault (7.917).
DuBois’ Jessica Hanzely finished 34th on vault. Teammate Sarah Benanti was the only Lady Beaver to compete in the Silver Division, with her best finish being 24th on the vault (8.267).
DuBois finished fourth in the Bronze Division team standings (122.301), just behind St. Marys (125.950). Waynesboro won the team title with 128.749 points.
“This was a great way to end the season,” said DuBois coach Alana Smiley. “We brought our team score up so much from the start of the season. In our first meet we scored a 109 and in our last meet we scored over 122.”
St. Marys won four medals in the Bronze Division, led by Madison Quesenberry who captured a bronze medal on bars (7.575). Quesenberry added a fifth on beam (7.750) and sixth in the all-around (31.108). She also was 22nd on vault and 23rd on floor.
Teammate Jessica Fleming also medaled, placing sixth on the floor (8.283). Fleming was just outside the Top 12 on vault, finishing 13th with an 8.233.
The Lady Dutch added two more medals in the Silver Division. Cheyenne Bothun finished seventh on vault (8.817), while Hannah Wittman was 10th on vault (8.800).
Ridgway brought home five medals in the Bronze Division, with four of those coming on vault.
Jenna Hoffman led the charge in the event, placing fourth (8.417), while Paige Grazioli (8.350), Sierra Kos (8.300) and Emily Spiers (8.250) were ninth, tenth and 12th, respectively.
Alanna Schiafone won the final Lady Elker medal with an eighth-place finish on bars (7.175).
Grazioli and Schiafone also had performances just outside the Top 12. Grazioli was 13th on floor (8.083), while Schiafone was 15th on vault (8.183).