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Gymnasts open season at Morris Invitational

The Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team opened the season by placing sixth at the Morris Invitational on Dec. 2.

The Panthers received a 100.75 team score as Benson/KMS/Montevideo won the team title with 133 points. New London-Spicer (130.90), Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville (125.35), Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta (110.95) and Detroit Lakes (107.90) followed in this six-team meet.

Halle Landstrom's 7.90, Brianna Nelson's 7.80, Morgan Koppelman's 7.00 and Grace Litzau's 6.90 gave the Panthers a 29.60 in vault.

Park Rapids received a 27.00 in floor exercise behind Landstrom's 7.00, Olivia Ulvin's 6.90, Litzau's 6.70, Alex Kirlin's 6.40 and Natalie Backmann's 6.10.

On balance beam, Backmann's 6.10, Landstrom's 5.70, and a pair of 6.30s by Kirlin and Litzau led to a 22.40. Ulvin added a 4.30.

Erin Tooker's 6.25, Koppelman's 5.75, Landstrom's 5.55 and Litzau's 4.20 resulted in a 21.75 on uneven parallel bars.

Landstrom had a 26.15 and Litzau had a 23.10 in all-around.