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The Perham gymnasts bested seven other schools to take the opening meet of the season. L to R: Alexis Peichel, Nicole Stoering, Satera Montella, Carly Petersen, Kelsi Vomacka, Mikaela Eickschen and Jordan Martinson.

Perham victorious at Jackie Mann Invitational

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According to Head Coach Charlie Fleck, the Jackie Mann Invitational has not been a meet the Yellowjackets gymnastics team historically finished well in; past teams have typically had a slow start at home this early in the season.

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Not this year.

The Yellowjackets were victorious taking the title with room to spare. Their score of 146.1 was nearly four points better than second place Cambridge-Isanti at 142.2.

Kelsi Vomacka, Carly Petersen and Satera Montella took individual titles.

Montella was victorious on floor exercise with a score of 9.45.

Petersen scored a 9.8 on vault to take the title and finished second all-around with a total score of 37.55.

Vomacka was the all-around champion with a score of 38. She was victorious on uneven bars with a score of 9.75. She scored 9.4 on floor, 9.5 on beam and 9.35 on vault.

Amy Crawford, of Detroit Lakes, kept the Yellowjackets from sweeping the individual events with a score of 9.6 on balance beam.

Detroit Lakes finished third with a score of 134.3, a fraction of a point ahead of fourth place Bismarck High.

St. Cloud Apollo, Minnetonka, Elk River and Bismarck Century finished fifth through eighth.

The event was a success on all fronts, not just the scoreboard.

"The longer I'm around athletics the more I appreciate quality athletes, coaches and judges, fans that behave and injury free events," Perham Athletic Director Fred Sailer said. "In that respect we all scored a '10.'"

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