#23 Missouri Tops Ladies Gymnastics in Pink Out Meet
Friday, January 21, 2005

COLUMBIA, MO. – The Centenary gymnastics team was honored to participate in the University of Missouri’s inaugural Pink Out Meet, benefiting breast cancer research on Friday night at the Hearnes Center. With a crowd of over 1,600 fans, Centenary had several strong showings in the 191.275- 188.225 loss, registering five top five finishes from experienced veterans.

The Ladies had an unlucky start on the bars, with only three gymnasts scoring higher than a 9.20. Kristina Menne tied for second with a score of 9.525, and Laura Wright rounded out the Ladies top five finishes, garnering the fifth spot with a score of 9.275.

Centenary regrouped and moved on to the vault.  Unfortunately, Mizzou swept the event scoring 48.650 compared to Centenary’s 47.525 points.

Shifting on to the floor, the Ladies posted their highest team finish of the night, 48.025, courtesy of 9.700 performances from Menne and Sarah Racioppi. Also having a sound floor routine was junior Sarah Ball who earned a sixth place finish with a score of 9.600.

In their fourth and final event, the Ladies were led by Tara Mitchell’s impressive 9.700 beam performance, landing her second place honors. The beam also saw solid routines from juniors Racioppi and Ball.

Tiger freshman Ashley Khederian nabbed top honors in the all-round competition with Menne posting Centenary’s top all-around score, finishing third at 37.775.

With the win, the Tigers push their record to 2-4, while Centenary (0-2) looks to break their losing streak, traveling to Cape Girardeau taking on Southeastern Missouri on Saturday. The meet will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Houck Field House.