PREP GYMNASTICS: Tigers post season-high score in loss to JCC

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Saphi McFarquhar sticks the landing after her uneven bars routine against Jackson County Central on Monday.

MARSHALL – Just two days after recording one of their best marks of the season, the Marshall gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 126.600 Monday night in their dual meet against Jackson County Central. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, as the Huskies defeated the Tigers 139.700-126.600.

Marshall coach Larvita McFarquhar said it’s nice to see her team improve from meet to meet and watch the team go out for things and reach their goals.

“It’s really nice,” she said. “Just watching the girls get better and start to stick everything on beam and their bars and just going for things, it’s really nice to watch.”

Saphi McFarquhar led the way for the Tigers with a third place finish on the vault (8.800), fourth place on the uneven bars (8.100), second on the balance beam (8.900) and second on the floor exercise (9.500) to earn a first place finish in the all-around (35.300). Mikayla Chesley placed fourth on the vault (8.775) to finish with an all-around score of 28.925 while Kaitlyn Matzner recorded an all-around score of 28.850. Taliya McFarquhar also placed fifth in both the vault (8.700) and all-around (31.600) to add to the Marshall effort.

Coach McFarquhar said their key during the meet was their confidence in themselves and showing what they had worked on, especially on the bars.

“The bars went a lot better. They had confidence and went out there knowing they could do things that they had been working on,” she said. “Just going out there and believing in themselves was a big deal.”

Marshall will compete next Monday against Hendricks. Coach McFarquhar said their biggest takeaway is continuing to stick landings on beam as well as eliminating mechanical mistakes when performing.

“We still need to stick things on the beam as well as taking out the little extra steps and the hops and just going out there and doing our best,” she said.