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Auburn gymnasts rack up medals at Oakland meet

By: Special to the Journal
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The teams at Auburn Gymnastics Center’s bounce got a bit heavier last weekend as they were weighted down by necks full of medals earned at the 2013 Gold Country Classic held at the Oakland Convention Center.
The kids from Auburn competed all weekend as the meets were both Saturday and Sunday with 14 members of the Auburn Gymnastics Center boys’ and girls’ team in the city representing Auburn. 
“We are definitely soaring high right now,” said Jennifer Christenson,  coach of both the boys and girls teams. “It feels good to win so big.”
At the girls level 7 meet on Saturday, the top performance of the day was from Madison Candler. She placed first on vault with a 9.375, fifth on bars with an 8.4 and sixth in the all-around division.
On Sunday, competitors in the first session of the day were the girls’ team and in the end they crowded the award stand filling up multiple placements on multiple individual events. Janna Woodward placed second on the vault with a 9.15, second on the bars with a 7.9, second on the beam with an 8.3 and second on the floor with an 8.525. She won the silver all-around. 
Allyson Osborn placed first on vault with an 8.9, second on bars with a 9.25, third on beam with a 9.025 and second on floor with a 9.125. Osborn won first in the all-around.
Teammate Anessa Perez was second place all-around. She scored an 8.8 on the vault, 9.05 on the bars, 9.1 on the beam and an 8.95 on the floor to earn a total of 35.9. 
Kara Christenson placed third on bars with a 9.1 and third on floor with a 9.05. Christensen placed fourth overall.
Emily Esteban placed second on beam with an 8.625 and was also ranked fourth overall for her age division. Teammate Emily Benson did her best on the floor, where she earned an 8.65 and was in the top 10 on the vault, beam and in the all-around.
The level 4 boys’ team also competed Sunday afternoon. The three-person group was lead by Beck Thomas, who was ranked fourth over all and earned the silver on pommel horse with an 8.8, silver on rings with a 10.0 and the silver on the parallel bars with a 9.6.
Kohen Rugg helped the team by earning a personal best all-around of 45.9. His standout routine was on the rings where he earned an 8.2.
Christopher Otis did his best on the vault where he was in the top five with an 8.2.
The level 5 boys’ team finished off the weekend strong with Bryce Dunigan winning the all-around gold at the level 5 meets. He placed second on the rings with a 10.2, second on the vault with a 10.1 and second on the high-bar with a 10.3.
Michael Kesler was in the top 10 on pommel horse, rings, vault and high bar.
Zeph Thomas won first on the floor with a 10.0. He placed third on pommel horse, with a 9.8 and 3rd on the all-around with a 57.1.