Hay­field’s Overstreet im­presses

The Washington Post Sunday - - ALL METSPORTS.COM - BY AN­DREW SIMON an­drew.simon@wash­post.com

When she was still in the air, Hay­field’s Molly Overstreet knew the vault was a good one. Four hours af­ter she landed, she learned it was good enough to earn her a share of the ti­tle at Satur­day’s Vir­ginia AAA in­di­vid­ual gymnastics cham­pi­onships at Cen­tre­ville.

The fresh­man’s 9.80 score launched her into a three-way tie for first in the event, mak­ing her the first Hay­field gym­nast to earn a state cham­pi­onship.

“Usu­ally be­ing a fresh­man, peo­ple don’t know you that much, so it’s def­i­nitely nerve-rack­ing coming in, but it was fun,” Overstreet said.

The vault, a Yurchenko lay­out, came in the day’s first ro­ta­tion. It’s one Overstreet has done in club gymnastics as well, and it feels com­fort­able for her. She topped the 9.60 she earned in the event at last week’s North­ern Re­gion cham­pi­onship, equal­ing later scores put up by Jamie Stone of West­ern Branch and He­laina Dollins of Princess Anne.

Stone de­fended her all-around ti­tle, edg­ing fel­low East­ern Re­gion gym­nast Court­ney Adams of Great Bridge, 39.10 to 39.00. Mar­shall sopho­more Mor­gan Stahl, an All-Met hon­or­able men­tion last year, led lo­cal com­peti­tors in the all-around by fin­ish­ing third with a per­sonal-best 38.325, a 0.75 im­prove­ment over her score at the North­ern Re­gion cham­pi­onship.

Stahl had fin­ished fourth there and said she wasn’t ex­pect­ing to wind up on the medal stand. But she fin­ished sec­ond in the floor ex­er­cise and tied for fifth in the vault, with scores of 9.725, and was fourth in the bal­ance beam at 9.675.

“Last year I didn’t place in any­thing, so coming into to­day I was just try­ing to do my best and fo­cus on my rou­tines and not worry about the scores,” Stahl said.

“My floor and my vault were some of my best this sea­son and raised my score a bunch.”

North­ern Re­gion all-around cham­pion Si­mone Frei­d­man of W.T. Wood­son was fourth and Overstreet was sixth. The 2012 Al­lMet Gym­nast of the Year, Mary Lynn Clark, who helped Washington-Lee to sec­ond place at Fri­day’s team cham­pi­onships, was eighth.

Be­sides shar­ing first in the vault, Overstreet tied for third with a 9.775 on the un­even bars dur­ing the sec­ond ro­ta­tion. That kept her in strong con­tention for an all-around ti­tle, and although a fall on the bal­ance beam struck a se­ri­ous blow to those hopes, the com­pe­ti­tion capped a suc­cess­ful fresh­man year.

“It’s def­i­nitely a lot dif­fer­ent than club,” Overstreet said of high school gymnastics. “I really like it, though. Peo­ple know me and my school for gymnastics now.”

Other top fin­ish­ers among lo­cals were Frei­d­man (tied for sec­ond in bal­ance beam, tied for fifth in floor), West­field’s Katie Freix (fourth in floor ex­er­cise) and Chan­tilly’s Kelsey O’Connor (sixth in un­even bars).

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