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Cassie Baxter's 5.30 on uneven parallel bars helped the Park Rapids gymnastics team defeat Frazee in a dual meet Thursday night. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)

Panthers surpass season high

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Kyja Penning returned in all-around to lead the Park Rapids gymnastics team to a 122.85 to 109.90 victory over Frazee Thursday night at the Area High School gym.

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The Panthers used season highs in vault, balance beam and floor exercise to surpass 120 points for the first time this season.

Penning, who didn't compete in all-around in the last five meets because of an ankle injury, used season highs of 8.65 in vault, 8.20 on uneven parallel bars and 7.65 on balance beam to win the all-around title with a season-best 32.75. Penning, who finished first on bars, also had an 8.25 to finish first in floor.

Emily Klingenberg finished third in all-around with a season high of 31.50. Klingenberg posted season highs of 8.30 in vault, 8.30 on beam and 7.65 in floor while adding a 7.25 on bars. Klingenberg finished first on balance beam.

Jessi Andersen finished fifth in all-around with a 29.00, including a season-high 8.60 in vault.

The Panthers received a 33.75 in vault as Cassie Baxter's 8.20 completed the team score. Kayla Johnk added a season best of 7.95.

On beam, the Panthers surpassed 30 points for the first time this season with a 31.15. Kirsten Erickson's season-best 7.85 and Katherine Erickson's 7.35 rounded out Park Rapids' team score in that event.

A 7.50 by Andersen and a 7.20 by Kirsten Erickson led to a 30.60 in floor as the Panthers surpassed 30 points in that event for the first time this season.

Andersen's 6.60 and Baxter's 5.30 completed Park Rapids' 27.35 team score on bars as the Panthers improved to 2-4 in dual meets.

In the junior varsity meet, Park Rapids posted a 90.10 to 42.30 victory. Leading the Panthers were Jessy Petrie (7.80), Katherine Erickson (7.70), Sam Harshman (7.60), Amy Klein (7.50) and Kaity Darchuk (7.50) in vault; Johnk (6.30), Harshman (6.00) and Katherine Erickson (5.90) in floor; Kendra Anderson (5.30), Johnk (5.20) and Lauren Rossman (5.00) on beam; and Kylie Roy (4.80), Katherine Erickson (4.70) and Klein (3.70) on bars.

Park Rapids 122.85, Frazee 109.90

Floor exercise: 1, Penning, PR, 8.25. 2, Irish, F, 7.85. 3, Klingenberg, PR, 7.65. 4, Buhr, F, 7.55. 5, Andersen, PR, 7.50. 6, Haugen, F, 7.30. 7, Ki. Erickson, PR, 7.20. 8, Baxter, PR, 6.65.

Balance beam: 1, Klingenberg, PR, 8.30. 2, Irish, F, 7.95. 3, Ki. Erickson, PR, 7.85. 4, Penning, PR, 7.65. 5, Buhr, F, 7.40. 6, Ka. Erickson, PR, 7.35. 7, Haugen, F, 6.85. 8, Andersen, PR, 6.30.

Uneven parallel bars: 1, Penning, PR, 8.20. 2, Klingenberg, PR, 7.25. 3, Irish, F, 7.25. 4, Andersen, PR, 6.60. 5, Buhr, F, 6.55. 6, Haugen, F, 6.20. 7, Baxter, PR, 5.30. 8, Petrie, PR, 4.70.

Vault: 1 (tie), Penning, PR, Buhr, F, and Irish, F, 8.65. 4, Andersen, PR, 8.60. 5, Haugen, F, 8.55. 6, Klingenberg, PR, 8.30. 7, Baxter, PR, 8.20. 8, Johnk, PR, 7.95.

All-around: 1, Penning, PR, 32.75. 2, Irish, F, 31.70. 3, Klingenberg, PR, 31.50. 4, Buhr, F, 30.15. 5, Andersen, PR, 29.00. 6, Haugen, F, 28.90. 7, Wutzke, F, 19.15.

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